Last Updated: 2009-08-20


Patrolman Michael P. Connors
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 13, 1979


Patrolman Michael P. Connors

Biographical information


Age:

23

Tour of Duty:

1 year

Badge number:

192


Incident Details


Cause of Death:

Gunfire

Date of Incident:

Tuesday, November 13, 1979

Weapon Used:

Gun; Unknown type

Suspect Info:

Four sentenced to life


Circumstances


Patrolman Connors was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in downtown Richmond on a car travelling the wrong way on a one way street. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Connors, the four occupants of the vehicle were recent parolees and had just committed an armed robbery of a convenience store on the other end of the block.

The suspects thought that Patrolman Connors had witnessed the robbery and opened fire on him, striking him in the face four times. He was found by his lieutenant minutes later. All four suspects were sentenced to life. The shooter had originally been sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life in a second trial.

Patrolman Connors had served with the Richmond Police Department for 1 year and had just received word that he was going to be hired by an agency in his home state of New York. He was survived by his parents.

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