Police Officer John J. O'Sullivan

Police Officer John J. O'Sullivan

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, December 12, 1978

John J. O'Sullivan

Officer O'Sullivan was shot and killed when he was ambushed by a suspect he had previously arrested. Officer O'Sullivan was sitting in his patrol car when the suspect approached him and began talking with him. After a short conversation the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot him in the chest. The suspect was convicted but has since been released from prison.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released from prison

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I so remember that day in December. I remember, too, the very biased reporting of the events surrounding your death, particularly by the KC Star. It sure made a lot of us very mad that their focus was on your killer and his family. It still makes me angry when I think about it.

You were one great officer, John J. Oh, I still carry your handcuff key.

Walk well, my Brother.

Donnie Bowerman
Retired LEO

August 23, 2018

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