LINE OF DUTY DEATHS

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Roll Call of all Line of Duty Deaths. A Line of Duty Death is classified as the death of an active sworn member by felonious or accidental means during the course of performing police functions while on or off duty.

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Patrolman Edward L. Jackson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
22 Aug 1955
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
2790
Incident Date:
14 Oct 1977
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
83
End of Watch:
10 Mar 2003
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Inspectional Services: Unit 245 - Vice Control Division
Date of Birth:
13 Aug 1919
Served:
26 years, 11 months, 22 days*
District of Incident (Present Day):
018 - Near North

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 25
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edward L. Jackson, Star #2790, aged 83 years, was a 26 year, 11 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Inspectional Services: Unit 245 - Vice Control Division.

On October 14, 1977, Officer Jackson was working undercover on beat 3442 with Patrolmen Karl Manuel, Albert Williams and Rudolph Winston. They were assigned to a prostitution mission in the 800 block of North Clark Street. The officers were in two unmarked police cars, Officers Jackson and Williams in one and Officers Manuel and Winston in the other. At approximately 1:00 a.m., the officers arrested two females and placed them into the squad car driven by Officer Jackson. As the patrol car turned onto LaSalle Street, the group encountered Lee Jones, age 33, of 1563 North Hoyne Avenue. Jones had just robbed a dice game located at a nearby pool hall and was driving a gray 1977 Lincoln Continental. Jones sped by the unmarked police car driven by Officer Jones, nearly striking it. Jones then abruptly stopped his vehicle and allowed Officer Jackson to pull alongside. At 1:15 a.m., a brief verbal exchange occurred in which Jones persisted in haranguing the officers. Officer Jackson then said, “Well, what are you going to do about it?” Jones responded by saying, “Just this” and pulled a gun and fired. Officer Jackson was hit in the head and slumped over the wheel. Jones sped off and was pursued by a second unmarked police car which was following Officer Jackson. The second unmarked unit radioed for backup and Jones was arrested minutes later at Bryn Mawr and Sheridan Road by two Town Hall District officers. Recovered from his vehicle was a .357 Magnum revolver with two spent casings. Officer Jackson was rushed to Henrotin Hospital and after 24 hours was transfered to Cook County Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Lee Jones was found guilty of attempt murder and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to 100 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet.

Officer Jackson survived the initial shooting, but lost a piece of his skull and suffered significant brain damage. As a result he was left paralyzed on his right side and blind in the right eye. On January 16, 1979, Officer Jackson went on the Disability Pension Roll (DPR) due to his medical issues. On August 13, 1982, Officer Jackson retired. On March 10, 2003, he died from a heart attack. His death was directly linked to the craniocerebral trauma resulting in right hemiplegia with non-fluent aphasia he received 25 years prior by Dr. Nancy L. Jones of the Cook Medical Examiner's Office.

Officer Jackson was was waked at Gatling's Chapel, Inc. located at 10133 South Halsted Street and he was laid to rest on March 15, 2003 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Edward L. Jackson, born August 13, 1919, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 22, 1955.

Officer Jackson was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Jennie Mae (nee Mitchell) and children: Adrienne Laverne Hubbard and Elton Leland.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #Y380156.

Patrolman Erwin Jackson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
30 May 1966
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
12433
Incident Date:
24 Apr 1969
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)
Age:
33
End of Watch:
24 Apr 1969
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 054 - Area 4 Task Force
Date of Birth:
24 Feb 1936
Served:
2 years, 10 months, 24 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
011 - Harrison

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Burr Oak Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-4
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 19
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 10-W: 16

Incident Details:

Patrolman Erwin Jackson, Star #12433, aged 33 years, was a 2 year, 10 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 054 - Area 4 Task Force.

On April 24, 1969, at 11:15 p.m., Officer Jackson and his partner, Patrolman Charles Spearman were working the third watch in plain clothes. The officers responded to the Heat Wave Lounge located at 3320 West Roosevelt Road to assist Patrolmen Keating and Marchetti.

Officers Keating and Marchetti were on patrol when they were flagged down by Freddie Lee Williams who explained that his wife was in the tavern with, Bernard E. Barry, age 29, of 5546 South Shields Avenue and that Barry had a gun. Mr. Williams then asked the officers to accompany him to the tavern so he could get his wife out of there. While enroute to the tavern, Officers Keating and Marchetti, saw Officers Jackson and Spearman and asked if they could back them up since they were attired in citizen's dress. Upon arrival to the tavern It was decided that Officer Spearman would enter the tavern and watch Mr. Williams retrieve his wife and walk out. Officer Jackson would then stand guard just inside the tavern at the door while Officer Spearman confronted Barry. Officers Keating and Marchetti would remain outside. Once inside, Mr. Williams found his wife by the telephone and took her by the arm and exited the tavern. As they were walking out, Barry began to follow them. While walking behind them Barry removed a .38 caliber revolver from his pocket and placed it alongside his right leg. Officer Spearman observed this and as Barry walked by him he announced his office and attempted to disarm Barry. In response, Barry raised his gun and attempted to fire at Officer Spearman, but his gun misfired.. Officer Spearman seeing that Barry was trying to shoot him fired his service revolver three times and began struggle with Barry at the same time. Mr. Williams had just stepped out of the tavern and Officer Jackson had just entered as the shots rang out. As the two struggled, one of Officer Spearman's three shots struck Officer Jackson in the chest as he stepped inside the tavern. Both Officers' Keating and Marchetti heard the gunshots and rushed inside. They found Officer Jackson lying face up on the floor bleeding from the chest and observed Officer Spearman still in a struggle with Barry. Officer Keating immediately went to his squad car and radioed for help for Officer Jackson while Officer Marchetti ran over to assist Officer Spearman subdue Barry. Officer Jackson was transported to Cook County Hospital by beat 1171 and was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Harris at 11:30 p.m. on April 24, 1969. Barry was transported to Cook County Hospital where he was treated and released to the custody of CPD.

Following the shooting three guns were recovered inside the tavern. The first was Barry’s revolver and the other two were recovered from behind the bar and belonged to the owner of the tavern, Richard Saunders. Saunders was subsequently arrested and charged with failure to register the firearms. A patron and witness by the name of Annie Lee Douglas, age 18, was found to be drinking in the tavern.

Bernard Barry, an ex-convict, was charged with attempted murder of a policeman and unlawful use of a weapon. On May 27, 1969, Barry was held to the Grand Jury which returned a True Bill. and indicted him for murder, attempt murder, aggravated assault and unlawful use of weapon. On June 12, 1969, A Coroner's Jury returned a verdict for murder on Barry and recommended he be held for trial by the Criminal Court. On May 8, 1970, Barry was found not guilty of murder and attempt murder and guilty of aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon during a jury trial. He was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary for the aggravated assault and 5 to 8 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary for the unlawful use of a weapon, both sentences to run concurrently.

Officer Jackson was waked at Jackson Funeral Home located at 7350 South Cottage Grove Avenue and he was laid to rest on April 30, 1969 in Burr Oak Cemetery, 4400 West 127th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Erwin Jackson, February 24, 1936, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 30, 1966. He earned 2 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Jackson served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was Honorably Discharged. He was survived by his wife, Caroline J. ( nee Lee); children: Darrell, age 11, Kimberly, age 6 and Stephanie, age 9.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #H136024 Crime Against Persons Case Report and H136138 Hospitalization / Homicide Case Report.

Police Officer Roberto Donna Jackson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
18 May 1981
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
9578
Incident Date:
11 Jun 2003
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)
Age:
52
End of Watch:
11 Jun 2003
Unit of Assignment:
11th District - Harrison
Date of Birth:
01 Nov 1950
Served:
22 years, 0 months, 24 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
025 - Grand Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Woodlawn Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Police Officer Roberto Donna Jackson, Star #9578, aged 52 years, was a 22 year, 0 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 11th District - Harrison.

On June 11, 2003, at 10:06 a.m., Officer Jackson was off duty and searching the neighborhood for her son, James M. Hargrett, age 26. James had left the family house earlier in the morning and was in a suicidal state. James sister, Dakia Hargett, was also out searching for James and found him sitting on a bus stop bench at North Avenue and Mobile Avenue. She pulled over in her car and called a long time friend of her brother, Steven C. Robinson, age 24, of 1745 North Merrimac Avenue, to come and help her calm James down. When Steven arrived, he observed James leaning into the widow of Dakia's car crying. He walked up and asked James what was up. James replied, "it's over" and when Steven tried to hold his hand James pushed him away mumbling things about 'Jesus.' Both Dakia and Steven continued to try and calm James down, but their efforts were not working. James then said, "I'm going to do it now." James then made a quick motion to dart in front of an oncoming truck traveling westbound on North Avenue. Dakia and Steven grabbed him and pulled him back onto the sidewalk. James then pulled awy and started walking hastily northbound on Mobile Avenue. Approximately a third way down the block James saw his mother and continued walking toward her. At 1621 North Mobile Avenue Officer Jackson spotted a UZI Eagle semiautomatic pistol in her son's pocket and gave him a bear hug from behind in an attempt to subdue him. Officer Jackson had then held James down against the hood of Dakia's car which Steven had driven down the street. Dakia ran up and tried to help her mother hold James down. Tragically, James was able to reached for the gun and shot himself in the chest yelling, "I did it!" However, the bullet intended to kill him, traveled through him and into his mother. Responding officers arrived almost immediately after the shot was fired. Officer Jackson was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #23 where she was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Holvart at 11:50 a.m. on June 11, 2003. James was transported to Stroger Hospital of Cook County by CFD Ambulance #52 where he was treated for a punctured left lung and eventually made a full recovery.

James Hargrett was later charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.

Officer Jackson was waked at Joseph R. Jones Funeral Home located at 5515 West Chicago Avenue, her funeral mass was held on June 17, 2003 at New Life Christian Fellowship Church located at 6235 West North Avenue, she was cremated and laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 Cermak Road, Forest Park, Illinois.

Police Officer Roberto Donna Jackson, born November 1, 1950, received her Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in May 18, 1981.

Officer Jackson was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. She was survived by her children: Dakia Hargrett and James Hargrett; mother; siblings and grandson, James.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HJ421698.

Patrolman Christian Jacobs

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
1868
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
17 Aug 1873
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
37
End of Watch:
18 Aug 1873
Unit of Assignment:
3rd Precinct - Webster Avenue Station
Date of Birth:
1836
Served:
5 years*
District of Incident (Present Day):
018 - Near North

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Graceland Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # A-1
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Christian Jacobs, Star # Unknown, aged 37 years, was a 5 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 3rd Precinct - Webster Avenue Station.

On August 17, 1874, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Officer Jacobs was patrolling his beat when he came across and open door. The door of a saloon kept by Mr. Schnester located on the corner of Webster Avenue and Larrabee Street was open. As the officer proceeded to the saloon, he observed two men quickly emerge from the house. Officer Jacobs immediately rapped on the lamppost for assistance from the police station, which was a half a block away and from which he had reason to expect instantaneous aid. Without waiting for the arrival of backup, he ran across the street to seize the two men. The two men spotted Officer Jacobs and fled on foot, running down Lincoln Avenue towards Clark Street. At the same time a third man exited the house and seeing Officer Jacobs immediately drew a revolver and fired at him. The man then fled west on Webster Avenue, Officer Jacobs in pursuit. About one block west of Lincoln Avenue, the man turned and fired a second time at Officer Jacobs. The shot struck Officer Jacobs in the neck and he fell to the ground mortally wounded. He lay on the ground stunned and bleeding copiously for a few moments before he regained his energy and staggered over to the police station to report the occurrence. Sergeant Fox assigned all available men to search for the perpetrators. Officer Jacobs was taken to his residence at No. 203 Burling Street (present day 1968 North Burling Street). Doctors Allen, Miller and Williams and Professor Gunn of the Rush Medical College were summoned. They examined Officer Jacobs and determined that the bullet entered the anterior portion of the neck and glanced the right side of the neck and shoulder before lodging just over the shoulder blade. He lingered barely able to speak as he was coughing up large quantities of blood until succumbing to his injury at 5:00 p.m. on August 18, 1873.

The searching officers located one witness, an old market woman. She stated that she saw a man running barefoot west on Webster Avenue and then saw Officer Jacobs lying in the street. The only clew, a pair of ladies slippers, No. 6, were found in the vicinity proving the man the woman saw running was the murderer.

On November 25, 1873, Charles McLain, alias Brocky McLain, a noted burglar, was arrested for the murder of Officer Jacobs on a tip from a citizen. It is unknown whether McLain was prosecuted due to the lack of evidence.

Officer Huebner was waked at his residence located at No. 203 Burling Street (present day 1968 North Burling Street) and he was laid to rest in Graceland Cemetery, 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Christian Jacobs, born in 1836, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in 1868.

Officer Jacobs was a member of one or two German benevolent associations and the Police Protective Association. He was survived by his wife, Theodora and children: John, age 3, Lizzie, age 6, Mary, 9 and Rose, age 1.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

On May 24, 2005, Officer Jacobs' star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Leonard T. Jagla

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
26 Apr 1926
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1151
Incident Date:
04 Sep 1928
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
30
End of Watch:
04 Sep 1928
Unit of Assignment:
38th District - Town Hall
Date of Birth:
05 Jan 1898
Served:
2 years, 4 months, 9 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
011 - Harrison

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-12
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 24
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 58-E: 7

Incident Details:

Patrolman Leonard T. Jagla, Star #1151, aged 30 years, was a 2 year, 4 month, 9 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 38th District - Town Hall, detailed to Detective Division - Ford Squad 20-C.

On September 4, 1928, at 8:25 a.m., Officer Jagla was on patrol with his squad, Lieutenant Albert Mikes and Patrolman Frank Dwyers. They on viewed three suspicious men, Morris Luce, Joe Hendricks, alias Robert Henderson, alias Robert Corwin and one James Nolan enter a cigar store located at 905 South Kedzie Avenue. The officers, following a hunch, decided to go into the store to check on the three men. When they attempted to enter the store, they found the front door locked and realized the store was being robbed. Officer Jagla went to the rear of the store to cover the exit as his partners pounded on the front door. The robbers had already robbed one customer and were about to rob the stores proprietor when the pounding at the front door startled them. Upon learning that the police were at the front door, the bandits abandoned their plans and attempted to flee through the rear door to make their break for liberty. As Officer Jagla covered the rear door the bandits exited and shot Jagla four times after he commanded “Stick’em up.” Officer Jagla collapsed to the ground as all of the bandits, but one, made good their escape.

One of the bandits, Morris Luce, fled in a different direction than his companions. As Luce jumped a fence he was met face to face with the barrel of Officer Dwyer’s service weapon. Seeing this Luce gave up immediately and said, “I surrender. Your buddy’s been shot.” Officer Jagla was rushed to St. Anthony Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Doctors believed that a bullet which entered just above his heart caused the fatal injury.

All attention was now on Luce after learning of Jagla’s death. He was questioned as to the identity of his accomplices, giving names and full descriptions of the two men to police. On September 12, 1928, Luce was held to the grand jury without bail by Judge Trude. The Coroner also recommended the arrest of his two accomplices, Joe Hendricks and James Nolan and warrants were then issued for their arrest. On November 18, 1928, James Nolan was arrested in Houston, Texas and turned over to the Sheriff in Texas before he was extradited back to Chicago. On December 15, 1928, Nolan and Luce were found guilty and each sentenced to 14 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Williams. Hendricks is still at large.

Officer Jagla was waked in a chapel located at 3711 West Roscoe Street and he was laid to rest on September 7, 1928 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.

Patrolman Leonard T. Jagla, born January 5, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 26, 1926.

Officer Jagla was survived by his wife and two children.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #10232.

In December of 1923 the Ford Squad was assigned to the Detective Division and detailed to patrol two districts. The cars were manned by four men in plainclothes with two shotguns. They patrolled 24 hours a day in eight hour shifts.

Sergeant Anthony Frank Janowski Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Aug 1949
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1555
Incident Date:
14 Sep 1978
Cause of Death:
Crash - Automobile
Age:
58
End of Watch:
14 Sep 1978
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Operational Services - Traffic Division: Unit 086 - Traffic Area 6 Group
Date of Birth:
08 Dec 1919
Served:
29 years, 0 months, 29 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
019 - Town Hall

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-6
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 33
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 19-W: 9

Incident Details:

Sergeant Anthony Frank Janowski, Sr., Star #1555, aged 58 years, was a 29 year, 0 month, 29 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, beginning his career on August 16, 1949, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Traffic Division: Unit 086 - Traffic Area 6 Group.

On September 14, 1978, at 2:45 a.m., Sergeant Janowski had just completed a traffic accident report and was enroute to Illinois Masonic Hospital to investigate a separate traffic fatality when his squad car was broadsided on the driver's side by a 1978 Chevy Blazer in the intersection of Addison Street and Racine Avenue on the southeast corner. The driver of the vehicle, Eliseo Rivera, Jr., age 25, of 2000 West Summerdale Avenue, failed to stop at a traffic light and was driving drunk. The impact of the crash caused the squad car to tail spin, jump a curb, strike a light pole and crash into a building. The sound of the crash caught the attention of an off duty CFD Paramedic, Robert J. Moser, who lived nearby. The paramedic rushed to the scene pulled the sergeant from the wreckage and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Sergeant Jankowski was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital by CFD Ambulance #13 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Zina at 3:00 a.m. on September 14, 1978.

Eliseo Rivera was arrested and charged with reckless homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to stop.

Sergeant Janowski was waked at Schielka Funeral Home located at 7710 West Addison Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Francis Borgia Church located at 8033 West Addison Avenue and he was laid to rest on September 18, 1978 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.

Sergeant Anthony Frank Janowski,, Sr., born December 8, 1919, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 16, 1949.

Sergeant Janowski served in the U.S. Army from March 18, 1943 thru February 8, 1946, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Corporal. He was also a member of the Chicago Patrolmen's Association, Chicago Police Sergeant's Association, Illinois Police Association, Polish American Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. Sergeant Janowski was survived by his wife, Angeline Gabraleen (nee Dziagwa), age 60; child, Gloria Ann, age 26 and siblings: Helen, Bernice La Bud, Clara Dame and Leroy. He was preceeded in death by his son, Anthony Frank, Jr., age 23.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #Z332942 Hospitalization Case Report and Z903896 Traffic Crash Report.

On May 25, 2006, Officer Janowski's star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman John Paul Jasper Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
1954
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
6894
Incident Date:
11 Sep 1964
Cause of Death:
Crash - Automobile (Pursuit)
Age:
38
End of Watch:
12 Sep 1964
Unit of Assignment:
8th District - Chicago Lawn
Date of Birth:
12 May 1926
Served:
10 years*
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Casimir Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-4
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 4, Line 51
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1-E: 18

Incident Details:

Patrolman John Paul Jasper, Sr., Star #6894, aged 38 years, was a 10 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District - Chicago Lawn.

On September 11, 1964, at 1:00 a.m., Officer Jasper was working the first watch. While on routine patrol and driving his marked squad car he became engaged in a pursuit of a speeding vehicle traveling southbound on Pulaski Road. The officer was driving through intersection of 83rd Street and Pulaski Road when he was broadsided by a vehicle headed westbound on 83rd Street. Officer Jasper's squad car veered off the road and struck a utility pole. Following the crash a stream of gasoline trickled under the car and caught fire. The resulting fire engulfed the squad car and trapped Officer Jasper inside. Two teenagers, John Gardner, age 18 and Tom Trahey, age 19, without hesitation attempted to pull the officer from the squad car. The boys did not give up on their attempt to pull the officer from the vehicle until onlookers forced them away from the squad car. The driver of the striking vehicle was Thomas Flickinger, age 50, of 720 North Stones Street, LaGrange Park, Illinois, he was uninjured in the crash. Officer Jasper sustained 3rd degree burns to his entire body. He was transported to Christ Community Hospital in Oak Lawn by Squadrol where he was pronounced dead on arrival on September 11, 1964. For their heroic efforts, John Gardner and Tom Trahey were given The Award of Heroism Medal by the Chicago Stock Yards’ American Legion Post.

Officer Jasper was waked at the John F. Eudeikis Funeral Home located at 4330 South California Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Christina Catholic Church located at 3342 West 111th Street and he was laid to rest on September 14, 1964 in St. Casimir Cemetery, 4401 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman John Paul Jasper, Sr., born May 12, 1926, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in 1954.

Officer Jasper served in the U.S. Navy, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the St. Jude Police League and Blue Island Patrick T. Hallinan Post No. 3580 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Officer Jasper was survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Barth), age 32; children: Cathryn, age 3, Janet, age 7, John Paul, Jr., age 5 and Laura Lynn, age 6 months; parents: Anna (nee Navicki) and John G. and siblings: Ann (Adolph) Gudziungs, Juliann (James) Neurouter and Stanley (CPD).

On May 25, 2006, Officer Jasper's star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Police Officer Samuel Jimenez

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Feb 2017
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
19526
Incident Date:
19 Nov 2018
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
28
End of Watch:
19 Nov 2018
Unit of Assignment:
2nd District - Wentworth
Date of Birth:
28 Apr 1990
Served:
1 year, 9 months, 3 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Ridgewood Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Pending Ceremony
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 25
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 5
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 53-W: 31

Incident Details:

Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, Star #19526, aged 28 years, was a 1 year, 9 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District – Wentworth. On November 19, 2018, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Doctor Tamara O'Neal, aged 38 years, became engaged in a domestic dispute with her ex-fiancé, Juan Lopez, in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital located at 2525 S Michigan Avenue. Ms. O'Neal had recently called off her engagement to Lopez. Lopez confronted O'Neil in the parking lot and argued about her calling off the engagement. Lopez also demanded that O'Neil return the engagement ring. Ms. O'Neal was also in the company of a an acquaintance who attempted to intervene. At this time Lopez lifted his shirt and displayed a firearm. Ms. O'Neal's friend immediately ran into the hospital to summon help and it was at this time Lopez drew his weapon and fired multiple rounds into Ms. O'Neal. Lopez then began to walk toward the Emergency Room entrance; at this time a squad car was entering the hospital’s parking lot. Lopez opened fire on the squad car causing the officers to perform an evasive maneuver. The officer’s then exited their squad car and gave chase of the offender into the emergency room waiting area. A gunfight ensued and a 10-1 was called over the radio. Officer Jimenez and his partner, Police Officer Armando Zambrano, were on a station assignment and enroute to the 1st District police station when they monitored the call for a 10-1. Only a few blocks away they responded to the scene and joined the officers onscene in engaging Lopez inside the hospital. Inside the hospital's lobby Lopez continued firing and would fire over 30 rounds during the incident. Unknowingly, Ms. Dayna Less, aged 25 years, a Pharmacy Technician was on an elevator approaching the 1st floor when the shooting inside the hospital was taking place. As she stepped out of the elevator Lopez turned his weapon on her and fired. Ms. Less sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Officer Jimenez was also fatally struck in his neck just above his bullet prrof vest. In addition a second officer sustained a gunshot to his holster, the bullet lodging into the slide of his S&W firearm, which was holstered at the time. The bullet impacted the firearm where the slide meets the frame just above the magazine well. Lopez was shot in the abdomen by police and eventually commited suicide by shooting himself in the head. Officer Jimenez was resuscitated by Mercy Hospital Staff prior to being transported by CFD Ambulance #41 to The University of Chicago Medical Center, located at 5841 South Maryland Avenue. He would later pass away from the injuries he sustained in the gunfight. Ms. O'Neil was pronounced dead on the scene and Ms. Less was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, located at 251 East Huron Street, where she would succumb to her injuries. In total four people were killed in the active shooter incident including Lopez. Officer Jimenez was waked at Oehler Funeral Home located at 2099 Miner Stteet, Des Plaines, lllinois, his funeral mass was also held in the St. Joseph Chapel at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located at 1170 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois and he was laid to rest on November 26, 2018 in in Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 North Milwaukee Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois. Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, born April 28, 1990, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on February 16, 2017 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Carter H. Harrison Medal (posthumously) and 2 Honorable Mentions during his career. Officer Jimenez was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Crystal nee Garcia; three children; mother, Esther Rivera and nine siblings. Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB502551.

On August 13, 2019, Officer Jimenez's star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Broar A. Johnson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
07 Mar 1907
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
242
Incident Date:
21 Jan 1916
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
35
End of Watch:
21 Jan 1916
Unit of Assignment:
Traffic Division
Date of Birth:
11 Feb 1880
Served:
8 years, 10 months, 14 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-3
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 46
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 36-E: 7

Incident Details:

Patrolman Broar A. Johnson, Star #242, aged 35 years, was an 8 year, 10 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.

On January 21, 1916, at 5:05 p.m., Officer Johnson was directing traffic at Jackson Boulevard and State Street when a citizen alerted him to a robbery in progress in a nearby business, the Cook & Son’s Chicago Agency, located at 15 East Jackson Boulevard. The robber, described as about 40-years-old with a “Charlie Chaplin” mustache, had shot one of the employees and locked all four in the vault before fleeing with $1,000.00 in currency. Officer Johnson arrived at the location just as the armed robber emerged from the building. The armed robber still had a revolver in each hand and fired at point blank range. Officer Johnson was struck and fell mortally wounded to the sidewalk. The robber then ran to an alley at 23 East Jackson Boulevard where he jumped into an awaiting cab. The robber had prearranged to have the cab waiting for him. His female companion who directed the Chauffeur, John McCabe, to drive to the alley and wait, hailed the cab. As the female companion waited inside the cab the robber jumped inside and ordered the Chauffeur to “Beat it out of here.” The Chauffeur refused and the robber jumped out of the cab and ran Southbound in the alley making good his escape. He left his female companion deserted. She got out of the cab bewildered and disappeared. Officer Johnson was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival on January 21, 1916.

The robber and his female companion is unknown and were still at large as of January 1917.

Officer Johnson was waked at his residence located at 2337 Walton Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Joseph Cemetery and he was laid to rest on January 25, 1916 in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.

Patrolman Broar A. Johnson, February 11, 1880, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 7, 1907.

Officer Johnson was survived by his wife, Mae (nee Hoffman) and daughter, Mary Rose.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #4002.

Patrolman Raymond C. Johnson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
02 Mar 1953
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
7356
Incident Date:
14 May 1957
Cause of Death:
Crash - Automobile
Age:
30
End of Watch:
15 May 1957
Unit of Assignment:
10th District - Grand Crossing
Date of Birth:
07 Jul 1926
Served:
4 years, 2 months, 13 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
004 - South Chicago

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Raymond C. Johnson, Star #7356, aged 30 years, was a 4 year, 2 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 10th District - Grand Crossing.

On May 14, 1957, Officer Johnson, while patrolling on a 3-wheeled motorcycle, was involved in a traffic crash at 75th Street and Merrill Avenue. Officer Johnson was struck by a car that witnesses said failed to yield the right of way. Fred Moller, age 72, was cited for the same and was ordered to appear July 18, 1957 in traffic court. Officer Johnson was taken to South Shore Hospital where he later died on May 15, 1957 from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Officer Johnson was waked at Ray Duffy Funeral Home located at 2335 East 75th Street, his funeral mass was held at Dominican Province of St. Albert The Great Catholic Church located at 1910 South Ashland Avenue and he was laid to rest on May 18, 1957 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Raymond C. Johnson, born July 7, 1926, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 2, 1953.

Officer Johnson survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Scanlon); son, Kenneth; parents: Agnes Orn Johnson and William Rotter and brother, Royal.

Park Policeman Thomas J. Johnson

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Agency:
Appointed Date:
Unknown
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
387
Incident Date:
21 Jun 1931
Cause of Death:
Crash - Motorcycle
Age:
27
End of Watch:
22 Jun 1931
Unit of Assignment:
Motorcycle Division
Date of Birth:
27 Jul 1903
Served:
Length of Service Unknown
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # C-2 / C-3
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 10
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 31
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 35-E: 5

Incident Details:

Park Policeman Thomas J. Johnson, Star #387, aged 27 years, was a veteran of the South Park Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.

On June 21, 1931, Officer Johnson was patrolling Outer Lake Shore Drive on his police motorcycle. The officer was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by William Devine of 8126 South Luella Avenue near 23rd Street and Outer Lake Shore Drive. He was transported to Michael Reese Hospital where he died the next day on June 22, 1931.

William Devine was arrested and arraigned before the Municipal Court of Chicago, Judge Francis Borelli, on charges of reckless driving.

Officer Johnson was waked at his parent’s residence located at 6600 South May Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Brendan Catholic Church located at 6714 South Racine Avenue and he was laid to rest on June 25, 1931 in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Park Policeman Thomas J. Johnson was born on July 27, 1903.

Officer Johnson was a member of the South Park Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Jean (nee Little); parents: Genevieve (nee Hunter) and Thomas and sister: Mae Antonsen.

The South Park Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on April 30, 1934. On May 1, 1934, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department, which was organized on the same date. Three park District police departments, Lincoln, West, and South were consolidated into the Chicago Park District Police Department. Fallen officers of the South Park Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman William Henry Johnson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 Oct 1957
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
13449
Incident Date:
26 Sep 1971
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
39
End of Watch:
26 Sep 1971
Unit of Assignment:
18th District - East Chicago
Date of Birth:
12 Jul 1933
Served:
13 years, 11 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
011 - Harrison

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Restvale Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman William Henry Johnson, Star #13449, aged 13 year, 11 month, 25 day, was a 14 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 18th District - East Chicago Cabrini-Green Vertical Patrol Unit.

On September 26, 1971, at 2:00 a.m., Officer Johnson was off duty and getting into his 1971 Cadillac El Dorado outside his apartment building located at 344 South Hamlin Street. He had left the car double parked to go inside and change his clothes. Officer Johnson reported to work earlier in the night and was sent home after he complained of being ill. Officer Johnson was in the process of placing his uniform, gun and star inside the trunk when several shots rang out. Neighbors heard the gunfire and found Officer Johnson lying on the ground in his civilian clothes. He had several gunshot wounds to the chest and $768.00 in his pocket. A .38 caliber snub-nose revolver which he carried off duty was missing. He was taken to Garfield Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At the time of the incident robbery was ruled out as Officer Johnson still had his money.

Two men were later arrested and confessed to shooting Officer Johnson during a robbery attempt. David Sanders, age 31 and James Willie Woods, age 23 stated they had tried to hold up Officer Johnson to obtain money for heroin. During the course of an investigation Sanders was arrested on a warrant for a previous jewelry store robbery. During interrogation he was connected to a separate armed robbery in the 5100 block of West Maypole Avenue and another on Jackson Street. A bullet used in the Jackson Street robbery was connected with the one used in Officer Johnson's murder. When confronted with this information, Sanders implicated Woods. Both Sanders and Wood stood trial and were acquitted of Officer Johnson’s murder.

Officer Johnson was waked in the House of Branch Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on September 30, 1971 in Restvale Cemetery, 11700 South Laramie Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman William Henry Johnson, born July 12, 1933, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 1, 1957.

Officer Johnson was survived by his siblings: John, Lessie and Tillie.

Detective William Ralph Johnson Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
27 Apr 1948
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
6996
Incident Date:
18 Nov 1960
Cause of Death:
Crash - Automobile
Age:
37
End of Watch:
18 Nov 1960
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Field Services - Detective Division: Sex Bureau
Date of Birth:
25 May 1923
Served:
12 years, 6 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Lincoln Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-3
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 8
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 19-E: 14

Incident Details:

Detective William Ralph Johnson, Jr., Star #6996, aged 37 years, was a 12 year, 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services - Detective Division: Sex Bureau.

On November 18, 1960, at 9:30 a.m., Detective Johnson and his partner, Detective Jerry Howard, age 28, were working the second watch in squad car #516. The detectives were responding to a call regarding a rape suspect with lights and siren. While enroute the officers were driving northbound on Cottage Grove Avenue when their vehicle was broadsided by another vehicle at the intersection of 59th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The car that struck them was driven by Robert Sheppard, of 1247 North Bell Avenue, who was driving westbound on 59th Street. Sheppard was an unlicensed driver and a deaf mute. Following the crash, the squad car spun around and struck two more vehicles before coming to rest. Detective Johnson, sitting in the passenger seat, was ejected from the car and sustained multiple injuries that would prove to be fatal. Detective Howard was also injured, but survived the crash. Four civilians were also injured in the crash.

Robert Sheppard was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Detective Johnson's funeral mass was held at Metropolitan Community Church located at 4610 South Prairie Avenue and he was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Detective William Ralph Johnson, Jr., born May 25, 1923, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 27, 1948. He earned 2 Credible Mentions during his career.

Detective Johnson was survived by his wife, Vera Ann (nee Ballinger); children: Carol and William Ralph III and sister.

In January, 1961, Officer Johnson's star was retired by Superintendent Orlando W. Wilson and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the 4th floor Office of the Superintendent at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. The Honored Star Case was later relocated to the lobby of Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Johnson's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.

Patrolman Robert L. Johnston

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
05 Feb 1915
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
2049
Incident Date:
15 Aug 1925
Cause of Death:
Illness - Gangrene
Age:
44
End of Watch:
21 Jul 1926
Unit of Assignment:
District 2-A - Stanton
Date of Birth:
25 Aug 1881
Served:
11 years, 5 months, 16 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-10
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 4, Line 38
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Inclusion Request Declined

Incident Details:

Patrolman Robert L. Johnston, Star #2049, aged 45 years, was an 11 year, 5 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2-A - Stanton.

In August 15, 1925, at approximately 8:55 p.m., Officer Johnston and his partner, Patrolman Joseph A. Stautz, were interviewing a man and a woman at the rear of a residence on the Southeast corner of 31st Street and Giles Avenue. At 9:00 p.m., a third person arrived and interrupted the interview. The man, Michael Torvelson of 3526 West Jackson Boulevard, was intoxicated and when asked to leave by the officers he refused. Torvelson said, “I’m a Chicagoan now and I can do as I please.” A struggle then ensued between Torvelson and Officer Stautz. Stautz was punched in the face causing him to fall to the ground. Torvelson then kicked Officer Johnston in his chin causing him to sustain a laceration. During the struggle, the two people the officers had been questioning slipped away, Torvelson was arrested and fined $10.00 plus processing fees.

Officer Johnston remained on duty and sought medical attention for his cut at home. The seriousness of the cut did not come to light immediately. Johnston complained that it hurt, but remained on duty for several weeks. The pain eventually became too great and he was taken to St. Bernard Hospital for treatment. Officer Johnston spent two weeks in the hospital before he was discharged. He then went home and spent another three months confined to his bed. His condition continued to worsen and the cut became infected and gangrene set in. In January 1926, he was taken to Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. On March 27, 1926, his leg was amputated however his condition continued to get worse. Officer Johnston was released from the hospital and returned home. He lingered there until he passed away on July 21, 1926.

Michael Torvelson was never charged in connection with Officer Johnston's death. While the cause of Office Johnston’s death was officially listed as “sarcoma of the lung metastasized from sarcoma of the tibia caused by a kick on the leg,” his death was not initially ruled in the line of duty. The Coroner’s Inquest ruled in favor of a line of duty death, but the Chicago Police Department did not list his death as such. This was despite the fact that the Chicago Police Department did payout line of duty death benefits to Johnston’s family.

Officer Johnston was waked at his residence located at 3032 West Quinn Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Bridget Church located at 2928 South Archer Avenue and he was laid to rest on July 23, 1926 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Robert L. Johnston, born August 25, 1881, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 5, 1915. He earned 5 Credible Mentions and 2 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $240.00 during his career.

Officer Johnston was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Katheryn (nee Carr) and twin daughters: Helen, age 10 and Irene, age 10. Johnston’s grandson, William Kushner, became a Chicago Police Officer and after his retirement became the Chief of Police of Berwyn, Illinois.

Paperwork for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund (NLEOMF) was submitted in December 2013 by the Chicago Police Department. On February 4, 2014, the Chicago Police Department received word that the NLEOMF did not approve Officer Johnston's name for inclusion on their wall as a "Line of Duty" death. NLEOMF stated the circumstances of Officer Johnston's death did not meet their criteria for inclusion because their pathologist concluded that an injury to the leg would not cause mestases to the lung was and unable to link the cause of death to the initial injury.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

On November 14, 2006, Officer Johnston's star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Roscoe C. Johnston

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 May 1919
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
3227
Incident Date:
21 Mar 1933
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
41
End of Watch:
21 Mar 1933
Unit of Assignment:
5th District - Wabash
Date of Birth:
29 May 1891
Served:
13 years, 9 months, 27 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # C-4
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 34
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 56-E: 9

Incident Details:

Patrolman Roscoe C. Johnston, Star #3227, aged 41 years, was a 13 year, 9 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District - Wabash.

On March 21, 1933, at 9:35 a.m., Officer Johnston observed three armed robbers enter the office of the Gordan Bakery Company located at 5324 South Federal Street. The bandits entered the bakery without seeing Officer Johnston and immediately began rounding up the bakery's employees. Two of the offenders entered the bakery with guns drawn and took the purchasing agent and phone operator upstairs to the cashier's cage. A third bandit with a sawed-off shotgun soon joined them. Officer Johnston was waiting inside a second floor storeroom observing the robbery as it unfolded in order to make sure that he was not surprised by additional members of the gang. The bandits were in the middle of stealing the bakery's receipts when Officer Johnston emerged from a door behind the cashier. He waited to emerge until the bandits were all occupied. The cashier, M. H. Axelrod, was just ordered to hand over a bag containing $200.00 to the robbers. Officer Johnston, knowing that announcing his presence would only give the bandit’s time to react, emerged opening fire with the hope of wounding or incapacitating the bandits. The decision to open fire as he emerged led the bandits to drop the bag of money and flee the scene not before the bandit with the sawed-off shotgun fired striking Officer Johnston in the head. The three bandits fled in a waiting car with a fourth accomplice lying in wait behind the wheel. The bandits sped off and made good their escape. The blood stained vehicle was found one hour later in front of 4217 South Halsted Street. Further investigation revealed the car to be stolen with license plates stolen from another vehicle and no clues as to the identity of the bandits could be found.

Officer Johnston was detailed to the bakery because it had been robbed of $5,000 the previous summer.

Officer Johnston was waked at C. H. Williamson Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on March 27, 1933 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Roscoe C. Johnston, born May 29, 1891, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 23, 1919. He earned 4 Credible Mentions and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $180.00 during his career.

Officer Johnston was survived his daughter, Lorraine. Lorraine, a senior at Englewood High School, received $443.00 dollars from the Chicago Tribune's Police Hero Fund after her father’s death.

Patrolman Charles T. Jones

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Jun 1883
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
3594
Incident Date:
10 Nov 1912
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
53
End of Watch:
10 Nov 1912
Unit of Assignment:
District 16, 33rd Precinct - Rawson
Date of Birth:
14 Mar 1859
Served:
29 years, 4 months, 18 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
014 - Shakespeare

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Forest Home Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-2
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 41
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 57-W: 7

Incident Details:

Patrolman Charles T. Jones, Star #3594, aged 53 years, was a 29 year, 4 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 16, 33rd Precinct - Rawson.

On November 10, 1912, at 4:00 p.m., Officer Jones, and his partner, Patrolman Charles Gierman, were on patrol in plain clothes. They observed a group of fifteen to twenty men loitering on the corner of Bloomingdale and Girard Streets (present day Honore Street). As the officers approached, the group scattered and ran in different directions. A group of five ran down an alley and into a nearby shed located at 1733 North Girard Street (present day Honore Street). They slammed the door closed and barricaded it. The officers then broke down the door utilizing a nearby piece of fence rail and a struggle ensued. The five occupants then attacked the officers and were able to disarm them. They then used the officer’s revolvers to fire at them. Officer Jones was hit five times and collapsed to the ground bleeding profusely. Officer Gierman wasn’t hit, but was severely beaten unable to pursue the offenders as they fled. By the time he was able to get to his feet the bandits had made good their escape. Officer Gierman then notified the station and summoned an ambulance for his partner. Officer Jones was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital but died enroute, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

In the aftermath of the shooting, a police dragnet was set and over 25 detectives were dispatched and ordered to round up any suspects who might possibly be involved in the murder. Within hours the lockup was full and eight men were arrested. Arthur Reich was one of the eight arrested. During the interrogation, he disclosed that he sold Officer Gierman's gun to a bartender for $3.00. Officers tracked down the bartender and retrieved the weapon a short time later. On November 19, 1912, a coroner's jury charged Arthur Reich with 1st degree murder and Edward "Bottles" Rahn was held as accessory. The December 1912 Grand Jury returned a No bill on Edward Rahn. However, on May 1, 1913, Rahn went to trial and was acquitted by Judge Scanlon. On March 3, 1913, Reich was acquitted of murder by Judge Scanlon.

Officer Jones was waked at his residence located at 902 North Ridgeway Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 13, 1912 in Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois. His grave is located in Section 7.

Patrolman Charles T. Jones, born March 14, 1859, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 23, 1883.

Officer Jones was a member of the Court Hamlin No. 3308 Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth and children: Arthur, Bert, Bessie Wing, Frank, Gilbert, Mabelle Kosin, Percy, and William.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #3964.

Patrolman Eddie Nelson Jones Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
17 Nov 1986
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
11120
Incident Date:
07 Jan 1991
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
28
End of Watch:
07 Jan 1991
Unit of Assignment:
10th District - Marquette
Date of Birth:
04 Mar 1962
Served:
4 years, 1 month, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
010 - Ogden

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-8
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 47
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 19-E: 18

Incident Details:

Patrolman Eddie Nelson Jones, Jr., Star #11120, aged 28 years, was a 4 year, 1 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 10th District - Marquette Tactical Unit.

On January 7, 1991, at 4:41 p.m., Officer Jones and his partner, Patrolman Dennis Dobson, age 31, were working the third watch on beat 1061D. Earlier in their shift they had arrested Alexis Green, age 25, of 1540 South Sawyer, for possession of a control substance. The officers searched and transported Green to the Marquette District Police Station, where he was fingerprinted and charged. At the station, Green told the officers he could lead them to a "better bust." The officers decided to follow up on the lead and placed the handcuffed Green in the back seat of their unmarked squad car #3570. As the officers drove down Cermak Road near Western Avenue, Green reached into his pants and pulled out a gun that was not detected during an earlier search. At 4:41 p.m., Green forced the officers to pull their vehicle into Fairplay Finer Foods parking lot located at 2202 South Western Avenue and shot them both in the back of the head. He then reached over the front seat, took Officer Dobson's handcuff keys, his .45 caliber firearm and fled on foot. Officer Dobson was able to radio in a 10-1 and his location after being shot. Responding officers arrived and took control of the scene. Officer Dobson was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center by beat 1032 and recovered from his injuries. Officer Jones was transported to Cook County Hospital by CFD Ambulance #34 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Nagle at 5:23 p.m. on January 7, 1991.

Members of Officer Jones Tactical Unit apprehended Green hours later at an apartment building located at 3121 West 15th Street. The .38 caliber murder weapon and Officer Dobson’s firearm was recovered in a separate man’s home who had spent time in jail with Green. Green was charged with murder, attempted murder, Possession of a controlled substance and escape. Green stood trial and on April 1, 1993 his trial ended in a hung jury. Judge Thomas Hett declared a mistrila and ordered a new trial to begin on April 19, 1993. During a second trial Green was found guilty. On May 17, 1993, Green was sentenced to 100 years at the Menard Correctional Center. His projected parole release date based on his sentence was January 8, 2045.

Officer Jones was waked at A.R. Leak Funeral Home located at 7838 South Cottage Grove Avenue, his funeral mass was held at Bethel Lutheran Church located at 6201 South Sangamon Avenue, he was cremated and laid to rest on January 12, 1991 in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Eddie Nelson Jones, Jr., born March 4, 1962, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 17, 1986 and was in Recruit Class 86-8E at the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Department Commendation and 13 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Jones was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Shari Joi (nee Hearn), age 26; child, Marsha; parents: Betty Jean (nee Russell), age 50 and Eddie Nelson, Sr., age 49 and sisters: Ashley and Carolyn.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #P010041.

On March 27, 1991, Officer Jones' star was retired by Superintendent LeRoy Martin and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Jones' Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.

Sometime between July 2001 and 2007, the 2300 block of West 18th Place was dedicated as “Honorary Officer Eddie N. Jones, Jr. Drive.” One brown honorary street sign was erected. The sign was located on the northeast corner of 22nd Place and Western Avenue in the heart of the Heart of Italy community where Officer Jones was killed in the line of duty.