James O’Donnell QPM MM
Died =>13 December 1958
Force => Blackburn Borough Police
Rank =>Detective Inspector
Cause =>Homicide - Shot
Duty Status =>On Duty
Died in hospital the day after he was shot in the chest having been called to an address in Blackburn where he attempted to talk down a 27-year-old man, armed with a shotgun, who had already killed a woman, shot an unarmed police officer and taken several people hostage, including his estranged wife.
Posthumously awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Gallantry.