Sergeant James R. O'Connor, IV

Sergeant James R. O'Connor, IV

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, March 13, 2020

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James R. O'Connor, IV

Corporal James O'Connor was shot and killed during a SWAT team operation to arrest a homicide suspect at 5:50 am.

The SWAT team was securing the home on Bridge Street, near Duffield Street, when the subject opened fire on them through a closed door on the second floor. Corporal O'Connor was struck in the shoulder in an area not protected by his vest.

Corporal O'Connor was transported to Temple University Hospital where he succumbed to his wound 20 minutes later.

The subject who shot him was charged with murder.

Corporal O'Connor had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years and had been a member of the SWAT team for 15 years. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is survived by his wife and two children. One of his sons also served with the Philadelphia Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 564

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

murder suspect, swat, warrant service

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Praying for your family, friends, colleagues, agencies during this very difficult time for them and all of us. Thank you for your service! We shall remember you with pride and admiration always! May God Bless the Blue!

“The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 HCSB];

“Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 HCSB], and;

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 HCSB]

Depart in peace, Brother-in-Blue; in the name of God the Father who created you; in the name of Christ Jesus who redeemed you; in the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you. May you rest in peace and dwell forever with the Lord. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, CIMT, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Ecumenical Clergy / Chaplain
Ministry: Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS
Nashua NH and Merrimack NH Police Departments

July 1, 2020

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