Brian V. McDonnell

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Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell, from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell of the San Francisco Police Department was killed in the line of duty February 16, 1970. A bomb was set on a window ledge in the Golden Gate Park Police Station of San Fransisco. Sergeant Brian McDonnell succumbed to wounds two days later after the explosion.

Although Sergeant McDonnell's murder was never solved, the FBI determined the bomb was set by the Weather Underground terrorist organization. Members of the same group shot and killed Sergeant Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly Brown, of the Nyack, New York, Police Department on October 20, 1981.

Sergeant McDonnell had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 20 years. Sergeant McDonnell came from a family of police officers, including his father and uncle. He was 44 years old at the time of his death.

Sergeant McDonnell's uncle, Sergeant Joseph Lacey, was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 30, 1956, while serving with the San Francisco Police Department.