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Patrolman Maurice J. Vonck | Oregon Police Department, Ohio Oregon Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Maurice J. Vonck

Oregon Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, January 28, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Patrolman Vonck was accidentally shot and killed when a gun fell from his pocket and discharged. Officer Vonck and his partner had been working plainclothes on an investigation of the $1200 robbery the Sunday night before of a local store owner. They had just returned to their unmarked car when Patrolman Vonck said he thought he had dropped some money on the floor of the back seat. Patrolman Vonck plugged an emergency light into the cigar lighter, got out of the car, and bent over to shine the light on the floor in the rear of the car. As he did a two-shot derringer fell from his shirt pocket. The small weapon did not have a trigger guard and discharged when it hit the curb, killing Patrolman Vonck.

Patrolman Vonck had served with the Oregon Police Department for four years and was survived by his wife, daughter and three sons.

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He was my grandpa. Obviously I never met him, he died when my mom was 8 and she was the oldest of 4. I wish I could have met him and breaks my heart that life is made up of these seconds of fate. Hope he is resting in peace and watching over my mom.

Kelsey Hall
Grandchild
March 15, 2012

 

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