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Police Officer John J. O'Sullivan | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

John J. O'Sullivan

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 12, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released from prison

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Officer O'Sullivan was shot and killed when he was ambushed by a suspect he had previously arrested. Officer O'Sullivan was sitting in his patrol car when the suspect approached him and began talking with him. After a short conversation the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot him in the chest. The suspect was convicted but has since been released from prison.

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John, this past evening I attended a bench dedication at the KCMO PD, Trail of Heroes Memorial Park. It was sponsored by your loyal friends from the Ancient Order of Hibernians. In attendance were a number of retired LEO's and other friends. You were fondly remembered and honored by all present. I was proud to be accompanied by one of my sons, who is also a Police Officer. I had the opportunity to speak about you and our friendship. I recalled your kindness and consideration towards others. You occasionally spoke with an obvious Irish brogue and you possessed a great sense of humor. John, you were an exceptional human being. You were a loving and devoted husband and father. You were a cherished friend. You are missed, but never forgotten.

David J. Bernal
Former KCMO PD/FBI-retired
June 27, 2014


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