Patrolman Patrick M. O'Brien

Patrolman Patrick M. O'Brien

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, August 3, 1881

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Patrick M. O'Brien

Officer Patrick O'Brien succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier when he and another officer was seriously wounded as they assisted in the arrest of a man who shot at a citizen. The shooter barricaded himself inside his home at 42 Rebecca Street. After Officer O'Brien demanded entry, the assailant opened fire with a revolver through a crack in the door, wounding both officers. Officer O'Brien died two days later. Other officers returned fire seriously wounding the suspect.

The 19-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Officer O'Brien served with the Chicago Police Department for five and a half years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years, 7 months
  • Badge 188

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, August 1, 1881
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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