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 Unknown

bomb, terrorism

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Sgt McDonnell was my dads first cousin. His mother Nellie and my grandmother were sisters! Diane P Millman

Diane P Millman

November 27, 2023

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