Officer Stephen J. Ondas

Officer Stephen J. Ondas

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, October 21, 1972

Stephen J. Ondas

Officer Stephen Ondas was shot and killed by the 19 year-old driver of a car he and his partner, Officer Phil Brady, stopped for not having any headlights.

The suspect had a traffic warrant and resisted arrest and fled. The officers pursued the suspect and a struggle ensued near the police cruiser where the suspect grabbed Officer Ondas' firearm and shot Officer Ondas in the chest.

The suspect surrendered to police several hours later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life February 20, 1973. He will be eligible for parole in 2018.

Officer Ondas had served with the agency for only six months. He is survived by his wife and daughter, born a few weeks after his death.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 24

Incident Details

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

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Stephen J. Ondas of the Akron Police Department, Ohio and the additional 44 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 21, 2018

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