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Officer Richard F. O'Connor
Dec. 12, 1947 - May 8, 1956
Officer Richard F. O'Connor
Officer Richard F. O'Connor
Lost In The Line of Duty
On May 8th , 1956 Officer O'Connor, 33, was sent from Coquille to Bandon to serve a summons on a 36 year-old millworker, Ralph Pyatt, directing him to appear in court on a charge of driving without a operators license.
O'Connor knocked on the door of Pyatt's motel cabin and as it opened a 22-caliber pistol spat four times.  O'Connor staggered outside, fired one shot from his .38 wounding Pyatt, then died.  Pyatt, wounded, crawled back inside the cabin and fell unconscious against the door.  Neighbors found O'Connor's body and  called police.  Pyatt was taken to a Portland hospital where he died 19 days later of his bullet wound.