Sergeant John David Conner, III

Sergeant John David Conner, III

Manassas Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, July 24, 1988

John David Conner, III

Sergeant John Conner was shot and killed after responding to a report of a man sitting on his front porch with an AR-15 rifle and firing shots in the air.

As police units arrived, the suspect entered his townhouse and exited the rear door. Sergeant Conner was approaching the rear of the townhouse when he encountered the suspect. Shots were exchanged, with the suspect being shot in the foot and Sergeant Conner being shot three times. The suspect was taken into custody by other officers.

Sergeant Conner was transported to a local hospital and then flown to Fairfax Hospital where he died several few hours later. The fatal wound was a gunshot to the back of Sergeant Conner's head.

The investigation revealed the suspect had been involved in an argument earlier in the day with his wife and was upset.

The suspect was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was executed nine years later.

Sergeant Conner succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Sergeant Conner was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Manassas Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 23
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Executed

domestic, shots fired call

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Dad I miss you SO MUCH an think about you everyday. I wish I was half the man you was. I was 9 yrs old when you left us and remember the phone call that morning from granny like it was yesterday telling us what happen and my life changed in so many ways from that point on. Some good changes and some bad. I wish i could have just 5 mins to sit down and talk to you. Hell id love to just remember your voice but I dont. All I remember is you were a cop that loved his family, job, and that beautiful El Camino. Wish I knew what year it was because I would try to find it or get one the same year and rebuild it just like yours, then id feel closer to you. Anyways just want to thank everybody for the kind words about my father. And want to say to you dad,you are my Hero and I Love You.

John Christopher Conner

November 10, 2018

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