Slain police officer's funeral delayed for coronavirus restrictions

Mark Abrams
March 17, 2020 - 9:42 am
Cpl. James O'Connor

Philadelphia Police Department

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Funeral services for Cpl. James O'Connor, the SWAT officer who was killed in the line of duty in Frankford last Friday, have been postponed indefinitely.

The Philadelphia Police Department says, because of coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings, Thursday's planned viewing at the Givinish Funeral Home in the Northeast, and Friday morning's funeral Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, are on hold.

O'Connor's family and the police department will re-evaluate the funeral arrangements in two weeks.

O’Connor was serving a warrant with a SWAT team early Friday morning when he was shot through a closed door inside the home.

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Hassan Elliott, 21, fugitive wanted in a robbery and homicide last year, was arrested, as well as two other men in the house.

O'Connor, 46, was married. His son is a Sixth District officer, and his daughter is in the Air Force.

A 15-year SWAT team officer, with 23 years of experience, O’Connor is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in Philadelphia in five years. 

In memory of the fallen officer, the all City of Philadelphia flags are being flown at half-staff for the next month.