March 14, 2020
I don’t normally feel bad for cops, but damn… look at that guy.
That’s the face of a man who had to deal with waaaaaaay too many jiggaboos in his lifetime.
A Philadelphia police SWAT corporal was killed in a shooting while serving a warrant on Friday morning at a home in the Frankford section of the city.
Cpl. James O’Connor was 46 years old and was with the police force for 23 years. He was in SWAT for 15 years.
He was married with two grown children.
O’Connor’s son is also a Philadelphia police officer, serving in the 9th District. His daughter is an active duty Air Force member.
“There’s not a word that you can put on the level of emotion that’s being felt right now,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said during a news conference.
The shooting happened around 5:51 a.m. as officers were serving a homicide warrant in the 1600 block of Bridge Street.
The suspect was being sought for a homicide that occurred in 2019, Outlaw said. The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Hassan Elliott.
Officers entered the property and were met with gunfire from a closed door on the second floor.
O’Connor was hit near the left shoulder blade, Outlaw said.
Another SWAT officer returned fire, striking two males in the lower extremities.
O’Connor was transported to Temple University Hospital and was pronounced dead at 6:09 a.m.
The two people who were shot by police were transported to Einstein Medical Center and Jefferson Hospital in stable condition.
Elliott, the subject of the homicide warrant, was not shot and was taken into custody, Outlaw said.