The Philadelphia SWAT team had gone to serve an arrest warrant around Frankford neighborhood but there had been a turn of events as James O’Connor was shot dead.
James O’Connor was serving a homicide warrant at a Frankford home when he got shot. The Swat Cpl. was with his team serving homicide warrant to a suspect of a 2019 homicide at a home on bridge street around Frankford neighborhood when he got shot.
The 23-year veteran was shot in the shoulder, by someone who opened fire through a closed door on the second floor as the Commissioner for police, Danielle Outlaw had said. Another officer rewarded the fire with fire and shot two people. 46-year-old O’Connor was rushed to the hospital where he passed on at 6:09 am.
The two people that got shot were taken to the Einstein Medical Center where they are pronounced as stable , according to Outlaw.
Survived by a wife and two children, a son who followed in his footsteps and is a 9th district police officer and a daughter who serves in the Air Force, James O’Connor served his last 15 years on the SWAT team.
Not long after the shooting, officers could be seen with guns outside a home on the block. The center of the event is close to SEPTA’s Frankford Transportation Center.
Police officers and leadership of Philadelphia, were at the hospital to give their condolences. Even commissioner Outlaw and the Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby, alongside Mayor Jim Kenney rushed were there.
Kenney got emotional and commended the police officers of Philadelphia as he gave his condolences. He also commended James O’Connor.
And then gave his statement in honour of James O’Connor, who he said always demonstrated true heroism.
“I am grief-stricken to learn of the tragic death of Philadelphia Police Cpl. James O’Connor.
Today, like every day, he demonstrated the ultimate form of heroism: putting out his uniform, leaving his family and carrying out his sworn duty to protect the residents of this city.
I share my deepest condolences with those who knew and loved Corporal O’Connor.
I ask all Philadelphians to keep his family, and all members of the Police Department, in your prayers at this difficult time.”