Sergeant Cornelius A. O'Donnell

Sergeant Cornelius A. O'Donnell

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, July 16, 1945

Cornelius A. O'Donnell

Sergeant O'Donnell was shot and killed as he and another trooper escorted a prisoner back to New Jersey. The prisoner had been arrested in Pennsylvania and had agreed to turn himself in to New Jersey authorities.

Sergeant O'Donnell and another trooper met the suspect on the Pennsylvania side of a railroad bridge and began to walk the suspect back across the river. As they got to the midpoint of the bridge the suspect attempted to jump over the railing, but was stopped by Sergeant O'Donnell.

During the ensuing struggle the suspect was able to grab Sergeant O'Donnell's revolver and shot him twice in the abdomen, causing fatal wounds.

Sergeant O'Donnell had served with the agency for 17 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 367

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Sgt. O'Donnell,
Sir, it has been 68 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of he state of New Jersey. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 1, 2013

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