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

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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
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Terry and I were friends growing up in St. Louis in a subdivision named Assumption Valley. We had marathon Monopoly games, night time badminton, and so much more. Our life paths crossed many times through the years. While at my kitchen sink in Jackson, MO listening to KMOX radio I heard the devastating news being reported of that horrible event. I could not believe it! Terry, I know you are still missed by many and you will always hold a spot in my fond memories.

Diane Jordan

April 17, 2020

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