Patrolman James B. O'Leary

Patrolman James B. O'Leary

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, August 2, 1963

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James B. O'Leary

Patrolman James O'Leary was shot and killed while chasing several suspects who had just robbed a liquor store.

He had been assigned to a detail to observe the suspects when they robbed a store the intersection of Boylston Street and Graves Street. Patrolman O'Leary commandeered a vehicle and chased the suspects to the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street, where he was shot by one of the men.

Two suspects, ages 29 and 31, were arrested and convicted of first-degree murder. One was sentenced to death and the other to life. The death sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman O'Leary had served with the Boston Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 1618

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery

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As we approach the anniversary of your death The men and women of the Boston Police Department will also remember your sacrifice to the City of Boston and The Boston Police Dept. You are not forgotten.

P.O. Robert Anthony
Historian Boston Police Dept

July 29, 2019

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