Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell

Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 18, 1970

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Brian V. McDonnell

Sergeant Brian McDonnell succumbed to wounds sustained two days earlier when a bomb exploded in the Park Police Station.

Although Sergeant McDonnell's murder was never solved, it is believed the bomb was set by members of the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground. Members of the group shot and killed Sergeant Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly Brown, of the Nyack, New York, Police Department on October 20, 1981.

Sergeant McDonnell had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his son, daughter, parents, brother, and sister. His father was a former San Francisco Police sergeant.

Sergeant McDonnell's uncle, Sergeant Joseph Lacey, was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 30, 1956, while serving with the San Francisco Police Department.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 1001

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Incident Date Monday, February 16, 1970
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Not available

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Today marks the 51st anniversary of the death of SFPD Park Station Sergeant Brian McDonnell. We, the members of Park Station and the entire SFPD, will never forget your sacrifice and will always cherish your memory. As we walk through the doors to this station, we see your picture, read your name, and we will always remember what happened here.

This reflection was sent on behalf of SFPD members currently assigned to Park Station. The below link is a YouTube video about the Park Station Bombing on February 16th, 1970. The YouTube video was researched, restored, re-edited, and produced by Michael Addario.

Rest In Peace!

Lieutenant Chahmal Kerow
San Francisco Police Department - Park Station

February 18, 2021

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