Patrolman James H. O'Brien

Patrolman James H. O'Brien

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Sunday, February 12, 1928

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James H. O'Brien

Patrolman O'Brien and Sergeant William Flynn were shot and killed while conducting a liquor raid at 9 Booth Street. The suspect shot both officers in the back and then retreated into a bedroom. Although both officers were mortally wounded, they stood guard where the suspect had barricaded himself while other officers ran to get help. Once the suspect was in custody both officers were taken to Rhode Island Hospital where they died of their wounds. The suspect was convicted of their murders and served 30 years in the State Penitentiary.

Patrolman O'Brien was assigned to the "Flying Squad" and had been with the agency for 14 years.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 77

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Patrolman O'Brien, it has been 96 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 14 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

February 12, 2024

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