Deputy Sheriff Terry Thomas O'Connell

Deputy Sheriff Terry Thomas O'Connell

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, April 5, 1978

Terry Thomas O'Connell

Deputy O'Connell was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 30. The driver of the vehicle suddenly produced a handgun and shot him. The suspect was apprehended after a long manhunt and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Terry was the second husband of my Aunt Janet, who had been married to my paternal uncle until she was widowed. I've never forgotten the terrible story of his death, even though I was only 10 at the time.

Liz Smith
Family friend

January 18, 2017

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