Patrolman Joseph F. O'Brien

Patrolman Joseph F. O'Brien

Brookline Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1930

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Joseph F. O'Brien

Patrolman Joseph O'Brien was shot and fatally wounded, and a man with him was seriously wounded, by one of two men they surprised in the act of stealing a car. Patrolman O'Brien died in the hospital the next day.

Both suspects were captured a few days later, one in Ashland, the other in New York City. The suspect who shot Patrolman O'Brien was executed in the electric chair on September 15, 1931.

Patrolman O'Brian was survived by his wife. He was a World War I veteran having served in the 101 Machine Gun Company of the 26th Yankee Division.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 3, 1930
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1931

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My great-grandfather Edward J. Mealy passed away while still a working as a Lieutenant in Brookline in 1931 after 48 years of service. He was unfortunately involved in both incidents where Brookline officers was killed in the line of duty. In the case of Officer O'Brien, he was the Lieutenant in charge who sent out the alert for the two suspects. 37 years earlier, he was one of the first officers on scene at the murder of Officer McMurray. RIP to all who serve, and especially to Officer O'Brien.

Lieutenant Kevin Mealy
Brookline Police Department

January 14, 2021

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