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Funeral Services for Slain Philly SWAT Officer Postponed Due to Coronavirus Closures

Cpl. James O'Connor was gunned down while serving a homicide warrant Friday morning

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  • Funeral services have been postponed for Cpl. James O'Çonnor IV, the Philadelphia police SWAT officer who was shot and killed Friday as he served a homicide warrant at a home. 
  • The funeral was postponed due to citywide restrictions and closures related to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • O'Çonnor was the married father of two, including a son who also serves on the force

Funeral services have been postponed for a slain Philadelphia police SWAT officer due to citywide restrictions and closures related to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Officials announced the viewing and funeral scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul for Philadelphia Police SWAT Corporal James O'Connor IV were postponed indefinitely.

O'Connor, 46, was killed while serving a homicide warrant at a home in the city's Frankford section on Friday.

O'Connor was shot in the shoulder above his bulletproof vest when officers entered the home, officials said, while two people in the home were wounded by return fire from another officer. O'Connor was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Philadelphia Police SWAT Cpl. James O’Connor IV
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Philadelphia Police SWAT Cpl. James O’Connor IV

Several people were arrested following the shooting, including the subject of the warrant. That person was not wounded, authorities have said.

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A married father of two — including a son who also serves on the force — O'Connor had been a police officer for 23 years and was with the SWAT unit for 15 years. His daughter serves in the U.S. Air Force.

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 has started a Memorial Fund for Cpl. O'Connor.

Philadelphia Police and Fire Federal Credit Union.(PFFCU)
Corporal James R. O’Connor IV Memorial Fund
901 Arch St. 
Philadelphia Pa 19107
215-931-0300
800-228-8801

“Residents and police officers all across the region are looking to aid and support the family," FOP Lodge #5 President John McNesby said.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence. Further information can be found here.

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