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Officer James J. Sullivan | Omaha Police Department, Nebraska Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

Officer

James J. Sullivan

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Saturday, April 4, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Two sentenced to life

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Officer Sullivan was shot and killed while conducting a robbery stakeout at a local service station. Officer Sullivan was concealed inside a small room in the service station when two suspects entered and attempted to rob the attendent. The suspects heard Officer Sullivan and then exchanged shots with the officer. Officer Sullivan was shot four times and fatally wounded.

One of the suspects, a 20 year old youth, was arrested along with his 19 year old brother who drove the get-away car, four days later. The other suspect, a 17 year old youth, was captured in Stockton, California a week later.

The suspect who drove the get-away car was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The other two were convicted of Officer Sullivan's murder and sentenced to life in prison on April 29, 1931. In 1940 the sentence of one of the suspects was reduced to 22 years.

Officer Sullivan was survived by his wife.

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No amount of time can ever erase the loss of a man who honorably served in our law enforcement. RIP and thank you

John Haseltine - Civilian
April 4, 2016

 

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