Patrolman James B. O'Leary

Patrolman James B. O'Leary

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, August 2, 1963

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 the incident occurred.

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 agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 1618

Incident Details

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

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Think of you often but especially on August 2, the anniversary date of your EOW. I am sure you were looking down from heaven, with Auntie Kay, with great pride as your granddaughter was married in a beautiful ceremony in which you both were lovingly remembered. Your son, a fine man, did all the O'Learys proud ☘
Love, Lorena

Lorena O'Leary Greeley

August 2, 2016

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