KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
John J. O'Sullivan
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 12, 1978
Age: 34
DOB: April 12, 1944
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Cause of death: Gunfire
Suspect information: Convicted, released from prison
On December 12, 1978, Officer Sullivan was sitting in his patrol car at 68th and Myrtle at approximately 10am, filling out a report, when a man pulled up along side him and after a short conversation, shot him in the chest. A telephone company workman was nearby, witnessed the incident, and radioed for help on the patrol car's radio. Later, Lawrence Thomas, 29, was arrested and charged with murder Officer O'Sullivan previously testified against Thomas in a 1977 drug trial where Officer O'Sullivan arrested Thomas for possession of PCP. Officer O'Sullivan also answered disturbance calls at Thomas' house twice in the week before the shooting. The suspect was convicted but has since been released from prison.

Officer O'Sullivan was born in Ireland, and became a United States citizen in 1971 - the same year he joined the Kansas City Police Department.
Interred: Mount Moriah