Commissioner John O’Connor involved in Departmental Police Shooting

Seat Pleasant, MD – Update January 18, 2019: The involved officer is being identified as Private First-Class John O’Connor. He is an 18-year law enforcement veteran and is assigned to the Special Operations Division, Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Seat Pleasant Police Department.

Private First-Class John O’Connor is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation which is standard procedure. Prince George’s County Police Criminal Investigations Division along with the Special Investigation Response Team of the PGPD Internal Affairs Division are investigating the matter.

Additionally, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office reviews all officer-involved shootings. There are no further updates currently.


The Southern Maryland Chronicle has reached out to Commissioner O’Connor to inquire about his well-being and if he had any comment regarding the incident. At this time Commissioner O’Connor has “No comment.”


Prince George’s County Police Detectives with our Criminal Investigation Division along with the Special Investigation Response Team of our Internal Affairs Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting involving an on-duty City of Seat Pleasant police officer.  

Preliminarily, on January 17th around 3:45pm, a City of Seat Pleasant police officer conducted a traffic stop on Central Avenue near East Capitol Street.  The officer exited his patrol car and as he was approaching the stopped driver’s window, the driver sped off.  There was a very brief pursuit which the officer called off, but then saw the vehicle turn down a dead-end street. The officer followed, stopped his patrol car, got out and retreated to the rear of his patrol vehicle, then began to give the driver loud verbal commands. 

At that time, the driver ignored his commands and accelerated, fleeing the area.  For reasons which remain under investigation, the officer discharged his service weapon multiple times.  There was another gun later located near the scene of the incident.  Our detectives are working to determine whether it is connected to the case.      

Today, our detectives located and recovered the involved-citizen’s vehicle in Northeast DC.  We are still working to identify and locate the driver.  It is unknown if the driver was injured in the shooting.   

If you have information in this case, please call our Internal Affairs Division at 301-856-2660 or if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Prince George’s County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Commissioner O’Connor has just began his second term as a St. Mary’s County Commissioner, defeating Clarke Guy in the November 2018 election.

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