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Inspector Thomas S. O'Connor | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Inspector

Thomas S. O'Connor

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, January 30, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: one wounded, two killed

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Inspector Thomas O'Connor was shot and killed in Hudspeth County, Texas, as he and a justice of the peace confronted a father and his two sons who were walking near the riverfront.

The men were part of a gang of outlaws and were suspected in the disappearance and murder of Special Agent J.A. McClure of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Police five days earlier.

As Inspector O'Connor and the justice searched two of the family members the third family member drew his pistol and shot Inspector O'Connor four times, killing him. One of the subjects and the justice were wounded in the ensuing shootout. The family members all fled into Mexico, but were arrested after returning to the United States. The two brothers admitted to shooting Inspector O'Connor and Special Agent McClure.

Inspector O'Connor had served with the United States Customs Service for two years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and mother. He was buried in the Concordia Cemetery in El Paso.

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Special Agent J. A. McClure
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 25, 1911
Cause: Gunfire

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You are a true Hero Inspector and shall never be forgotten. It is because of your act of heroism that put an end to the Abo pass gang/hero killers. Because of your faith and loyalty to your brothers we can now move forward. RIP brother and we have it from here.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
January 25, 2012

 

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