Deputy Sheriff Joseph M. O'Connor

Deputy Sheriff Joseph M. O'Connor

Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, August 13, 1961

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Joseph M. O'Connor

Deputy Joseph O'Connor was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic three miles east of Spokane at 0430 hours. The drunk driver entered the accident scene at a high rate of speed and struck Deputy O'Connor, throwing him 300 feet and killing him instantly. The 24-year-old suspect was apprehended, convicted of negligent homicide, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Deputy O'Connor had served with the Spokane County Sheriff's Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

drunk driver, DUI

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Hi Dad, it's been a little bit since I have visited your page. I am now 62! Can you believe your kids are old? You were killed at a young age. The pain of losing you diminishes, but never leaves.
All my parents are gone. I need you guys so much sometimes. It's been a long, hard pull through this life, daddy. I wish I had you and mom. I get weary of being an orphan. I guess you never get over losing your parents.
I love you for always and forever.

Juliana O'Connor
Your daughter

November 18, 2021

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