Patrolman John Dominick O'Donnell

Patrolman John Dominick O'Donnell

Benwood Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 4, 1922

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John Dominick O'Donnell

Patrolman O'Donnell was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity at a local pool hall that was closed. The owner who was still inside in the darkness was waiting for a burglar(s) who was breaking into his business almost every night. Both mistook each other for a burglar and and opened fire on each other. Patrolman O'Donnell was killed. The owner was not hurt.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Patrolman 0’Donnell,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Benwood.


United States Border Patrol

January 4, 2022

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