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Detective James Edward O'Brien | Oxnard Police Department, California Oxnard Police Department, California


James Edward O'Brien

Oxnard Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, December 2, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Not available

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Detective James O'Brien was shot and killed by a man who had shot seven people, killing three of them, during a shooting spree at an unemployment office.

Officer O'Brien was shot with a hunting rifle as he pursued the man near Olivas Park Drive and Victoria Avenue, in Ventura.

Officer O'Brien had served with the Oxnard Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, brother, and three sisters.

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Both my husband and I have great memories of detective James E. O'Brien. My husband worked with him at OPD, and I knew him since the early 80's (when he worked at PHPD). Jim, or "O.B." as we called him, was always smiling and laughing. He was a joker, and loved to add levity to the tense, stressful and unknown environment which is all police work. I also knew him as a loving husband to Leslie, and an extremely devoted and dedicated father to both Katie and Sean. He cherished his children and role as "daddy", and loved every moment he shared with them. He would offer me regular updates on Katie when she was just a newborn, and then fill in the other achievements and milestones as the years slowly passed by. He was loved and respected much more than he ever knew. He was a wonderful Law Enforcement Officer, and wore his badge with honor, integrity and pride. He was impartial yet fair, and always extended the benefit of the doubt to those he serviced while in uniform. He was a genuine "cops-cop", and loved the never-ending action on the street. He was proud of his Irish heritage, and never missed an opportunity to mention it when fitting. Yet, as much as he loved his career, he loved his family even more. His favorite time of day was leaving work, to go home to his "real life & world" as he called it. To his wife and children eagerly awaiting their beloved soldier in blue. It was such a pleasure to know Jim on both a work & personal level. We think of him often, and always keep his children and family in our intentions. "We are all such things that dreams are made of, all rounded out with a little sleep."

Greg & Lisa Jehle/
July 14, 2015


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