James O’Donnell QPM MM

Died =>13 December 1958

Force => Blackburn Borough Police

Rank =>Detective Inspector

Age =>47

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.