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Sergeant Joseph L. O'Brien | Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police


Joseph L. O'Brien

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Sunday, October 30, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Indiana

Incident Date: 10/29/1932

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Sergeant Joseph O'Brien was shot and killed in East Chicago, Illinois, when he and another officer were ambushed by several subjects who were attempting to steal merchandise from trains as they slowed near the junction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad junction with the New York Central Railroad, near Indiana Harbor.

The officers had watched two trains pass by and were walking back to their car, parked on Cline Avenue, when they were ambushed by a group of five men. One of the men opened fire on them with a shotgun, striking Sergeant O'Brien in the face and the second officer in the arm and body. The other officer was able to retreat to Cline Avenue where he flagged down a passing motorist. Responding officers took Sergeant O'Brien to St. Catherine's Hospital where he died shortly after midnight.

Five men were arrested several days later. The subject who shot Sergeant O'Brien was charged with murder after confessing to the crime. The other four were charged with being accessories to murder.

Sergeant O'Brien was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife.

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Sgt. O’Brien,
Sir, as a fellow LEO and Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as an LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during WW I.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO/former Marine

United States Border Patrol
October 30, 2017


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