Cpl. James O’Connor IV was one of seven people slain in Philadelphia from Friday through Sunday, pushing the city’s homicide total to 79, which is 23% higher than at the same point last year, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.
No arrests had been made in six of the slayings as of 2 p.m. Monday. The Friday morning slaying of O’Connor, 46, resulted in six people being taken into custody, none of whom has been charged in O’Connor’s death.
O’Connor was shot about 5:40 a.m. on the 1600 block of Bridge Street when he and other officers from the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit and a homicide fugitive task force entered a rowhouse seeking to arrest a man in connection with a 2019 murder.
Police provided details of six other killings, in which they said no arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered:
Last month, newly hired Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw attended a gun violence hearing in City Council, during which residents fumed about the low arrest rate in slayings and how hard it is to reach homicide detectives investigating their loved ones’ slayings.