Police Officer James Michael O'Connor

Police Officer James Michael O'Connor

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, September 16, 1995

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James Michael O'Connor

Officer James M. O'Connor was shot and killed during a traffic stop on North Marine Drive near Irving Park Road. He was off duty when he observed two men snatch a woman's purse and flee the area in a vehicle.

Officer O'Connor pursued the vehicle and asked citizens to call the police. When the vehicle stopped, the driver exited and fired on Officer O'Connor.

During an exchange of gunfire, both Officer O'Connor and the assailant were fatally wounded.

Officer James O'Connor was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Chicago Police Department for 16 months.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge 4573
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery, vehicle pursuit

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Jimmy was killed.

To the O'Conner family, fellow officers, and all who call Jimmy beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I hope you received the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your continued solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer O'Conner gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois , and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 3, 1995.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 16, 2018

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