Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 20 years
Badge # 1001
Incident Date: 2/16/1970
Weapon: Explosives; Bomb
Offender: Not available
Sergeant Brian McDonnell succumbed to wounds sustained two days earlier when a bomb exploded in the Park Police Station.
Although Sergeant McDonnell's murder was never solved, it is believed the bomb was set by members of the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground. Members of the group shot and killed Sergeant Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly Brown, of the Nyack, New York, Police Department on October 20, 1981.
Sergeant McDonnell had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his son, daughter, parents, brother, and sister. His father was a former San Francisco Police sergeant.
Sergeant McDonnell's uncle, Sergeant Joseph Lacey, was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 30, 1956, while serving with the San Francisco Police Department.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Sergeant Joseph Lacey
Sergeant Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.
Police Officer Waverly L. Brown