Police Officer John O'Connell

Police Officer John O'Connell

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, July 1, 1869

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John O'Connell

Police Officer John O'Connell was accidentally shot and killed by other officers who mistook him for a burglary suspect.

Officer O'Connell and two other officers stopped to talk with a female friend. Two of the officers jokingly attempted to grab Officer O'Connell under the arms.

Laughing, Officer O'Connell broke away and started to run. The two officers yelled "stop, thief" as he did so. Three other officers who were nearby, who did not know Officer O'Connell was a policeman, opened fire, striking him in the back.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 1, 2020

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