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Police Officer James M. O'Connor | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

James M. O'Connor

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, September 16, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # 4573

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer James M. O'Connor was shot and killed during a traffic stop. He was off duty when he observed two men snatch a woman's purse and flee the area in a vehicle.

Officer O'Connor pursued the vehicle and asked citizens to call the police. When the vehicle stopped, the driver exited and fired on Officer O'Connor.

During an exchange of gunfire, both Officer O'Connor and the assailant were fatally wounded.

Officer James O'Connor is a 17-month veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

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Jimmy, much love to you!! CUBS WIN WORLD SERIES!!! Thought about watching the Cubs with you and your dad at the new house, an Old Style tall boy in hand. Your laugh, your smile, all the fun playing baseball and football on Monitor. I have kids now, and I wish you were here to meet them. I'm an officer now, too, and I thank you for setting the standard. I could use that left hook of yours every now and then out here. It's been 21 years since that horrible night; never got over it. You did what you had to do; St. Peter got the best when you walked thru those Pearly Gates. This is from all the Weber guys and your buddies from the old neighborhood. Love you and miss you dearly every day. En paz descances Jimmy. You are in my heart EVERY DAY Jimmy.

Ofc. Lorenzo Bueno
Lexington KY Police / Weber HS/ childhood friend
November 8, 2016


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