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Night Policeman Michael O'Neal | Kokomo Police Department, Colorado Kokomo Police Department, Colorado

Night Policeman

Michael O'Neal

Kokomo Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Thursday, July 22, 1880

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 days

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched by mob

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Policeman Michael O'Neal was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a local saloon. As he spoke with one of the parties involved the man suddenly produced a pistol and fatally shot him.

The suspect was lynched by an angry mob the following day.

Policeman O'Neal had served with the agency for only four days.

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Officer O'Neal, you had a tough job and did your duty when most of us would want to back away. In the four days you served you left a legacy that is still honored and remembered and always will be.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
April 18, 2017

 

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