Police Officer John J. O'Sullivan

Police Officer John J. O'Sullivan

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, December 12, 1978

John J. O'Sullivan

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released from prison

Most Recent Reflection

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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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