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Patrolman Michael P. Connors | Richmond Police Department, Virginia Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

Michael P. Connors

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 13, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 192

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/13/1979

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Four sentenced to life

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Patrolman Connors was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in downtown Richmond on a car travelling the wrong way on a one way street. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Connors, the four occupants of the vehicle were recent parolees and had just committed an armed robbery of a convenience store on the other end of the block.

The suspects thought that Patrolman Connors had witnessed the robbery and opened fire on him, striking him in the face four times. He was found by his lieutenant minutes later. All four suspects were sentenced to life. The shooter had originally been sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life in a second trial.

Patrolman Connors had served with the Richmond Police Department for 1 year and had just received word that he was going to be hired by an agency in his home state of New York. He was survived by his parents.

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I can't believe it has been 35 years since Michael's tragic death. I remember that cold night so well. My prayers are with his family on this sad day.

Martha Morley - Patrol Officer
Richmond Police Department
November 13, 2014

 

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