CONCORD, Mo. – A former Arnold police officer is fighting for his life. Ryan O’Connor is at an area hospital where his family is asking for prayers and support. FOX 2 was told O’Connor is battling COVID.

A rosary prayer took place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Assumption Church in south St. Louis County.

O’Connor was shot in the line of duty and was nearly killed in December of 2017. He was shot in the back of the head by a burglary suspect. The suspect, 29-year-old Chad Klahs, shot himself in the head after shooting O’Connor, and later died. O’Connor was rushed to St. Anthony’s Medical Center with “life-threatening injuries.” But made it through surgery.

In 2021 his stepson Aidan Gansner, 21, took the oath to protect and serve, representing the same police department. He fulfilled his dream to follow in the footsteps of his stepfather. O’Connor sat in the front row of the graduation ceremony.

Pray the Rosary for Ryan’s Perfect Healing
Sunday, January 23rd at 3:30 pm
Assumption Church
4725 Mattis Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
Masks required