Sergeant Timothy S. O'Connell #266

Name: O'Connell, Timothy S.
Star: 266
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 005 District (Calumet)
End of Watch: 29-Apr-1900
Incident Details: Sergeant Timothy O'Connell, was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 012 Precinct.

On April 29, 1900 Sergeant O'Connell was found slain at the 18th Street Viaduct.  Nearby patrolmen heard the sound of gunfire and ran to the scene where they found the sergeant clutching his gun in one hand and a derby that did not belong to him in the other.  Officers arrested a handful of men missing their derbies, as it was common practice in the era for all men to wear derbies.  The derby eventually led to the arrest of George Henchik.  Detectives developed the theory that Henchik and two companions were lying in wait for a robbery victim when the sergeant walked by. 

George Henchik was acquitted of Sergeant O’Connell’s murder on September 18, 1900.

Officer O'Connell was survived by his wife and three children.