Lieutenant James E. O'Connor #434

Name: O’Connor, James E.
Star: 434
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Lieutenant
District / Unit: 005
End of Watch: 28 January 1970
Incident Details: Lieutenant James E. O’Connor, 62, was a 37-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 005 District. On January 28, 1970, Lt. James O’Connor, and Officer Raymond Calabrese, were in the backroom of a South Side loan office when Michael Miller, 20, armed with a gun attempted to rob the business. The lieutenant tried to disarm the robber without using fatal force. Instead, he was shot. Detective Peter Valesares was across the street using a payphone when he saw a flash of gunfire. The detective chased the shooter and was able to apprehend him. Lt. O’Connor succumbed to his injuries at Roseland Community Hospital. Michael Miller confessed to the murder of Lt. O’Connor and was sentenced to serve 50 to 100 years in prison. The getaway driver, Ronald Johnson, 33, committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial. Lieutenant O’Connor’s funeral mass was held at St. John Fisher Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sephulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; sons, James Jr., and Timothy; daughters, Mary Therese, Kathleen, and Patricia; and his siblings, Edward (CPD), Rosemary (CPD), and John (CPD).