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 agency for 1 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

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