Constable Daniel O'Brien

Constable Daniel O'Brien

Abington Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, August 8, 1904

Daniel O'Brien

Constable Daniel O'Brien was shot and killed when he interrupted somebody attempting to steal chickens from the chicken coup in his backyard on Susquehanna Road.

He was awoken at approximately 1:00 am by noises in the backyard of his home, across the street from Hillside Cemetery. As he and his father went to investigate they exchanged shots with at least one subject inside the chicken coup. Constable O'Brien was fatally struck in the chest by a blast from a shotgun and his father was wounded.

The subjects fled the scene. Two men were arrested several days later but charges were later dismissed when prosecutors determined they could not secure a conviction. One of the subjects was then convicted of multiple counts of larceny for similar thefts of chickens. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

At the time of his murder, investigators believed that Constable O'Brien was targeted and ambushed due to enforcement efforts he took against local thieves.

Constable O'Brien had served as a constable for Abington Township for two years. He was survived by his parents.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charges dismissed

at home, off duty

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Constable O'Brien,
On today, the 113th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Abington Township.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol

August 4, 2017

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