LINE OF DUTY DEATHS
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.
Police Officer Nathaniel L. Taylor Jr.
Police Officer Nathaniel L. Taylor, Jr., Star #7322, aged 39 years, was a 14 year, 2 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Services - Organized Crime Division: Unit 189 - Organized Crime.
On September 28, 2008, at 5:32 a.m., Officer Nathaniel Taylor, and his partner, Officer Lemornet Miller, were working the second watch. They were conducting surveillance outside of a home located at 7920 South Clyde Avenue in order to execute a search warrant. The officers were tasked with monitoring the house until Calumet Area narcotics officers arrived to execute the search warrant. The owner of the home, Lamar Cooper, age 37, unexpectedly returned to his home. The officers radioed their supervisor and notified him that Cooper had arrived. They were given permission to stop and detain Cooper before he entered the home. Officer Taylor was approximately six feet away from Cooper's open door window when he shouted, “Police. Put your hands up!“ Cooper drew his weapon and shot Officer Taylor in the head and chest. Officer Miller returned gunfire and struck Cooper. Officer Taylor was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center by CFD Ambulance #22 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Doherty at 6:02 p.m. on September 28, 2008.
Lamar Cooper was arrested and stood trial. He found guilty and convicted of 1st degree murder and several narcotics charges. On March 26, 2012, Cooper was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The felon had previously been convicted of the attempted murder of a police officer for which he had only served six years in prison.
Officer Lewis was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, his funeral mass was also held at St. Bede Catholic Church located at 8300 South Kostner Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 5, 2012 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. His grave is located in Section 7.
Police Officer Nathaniel L. Taylor, Jr., born June 13, 1969, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 5, 1994 and was in Recruit Class 94-4B at the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 7 Department Commendations, 1 Arnold Mireless Special Partnership Award, 1 Special Commendation, 1 Problem Solving Award, 37 Honorable Mentions, 7 Complimentary Letters and 1 Other Award during his career. He worked in the 7th District where he became a tactical officer and in 1998 transferred to the Organized Crime Division.
Officer Taylor served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 thru March 1991, was a veteran of Operation Desert Shield / Storm and was Honorably Discharged at the Rank of Private First Class. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from March 1991 thru February 8, 2004 and was Honorably Discharged at the Rank of Corporal. Officer Taylor was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Alcione Dias (nee Ribeiro); daughter, Naomi Sierra-Ruth, age 5 and siblings: Harriet Edward, James Edwards and Patricia Evereth.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HP597541.
On November 8, 2012, the 4300 block of South Homan Avenue was dedicated as “Honorary Officer Nathaniel Taylor Way.” The honorary street sign was placed on the northeast corner of 77th Street and Homan Avenue in the Ashburn neighborhood.
Patrolman Paul G. Thomas Jr.
Patrolman Paul G. Thomas, Jr., Star #5620, aged 43 years, was a 15 year, 6 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District - Gresham.
On November 4, 1970, at 6:00 p.m., Officer Thomas was off duty visiting his parent's newspaper distribution agency located at 556 West 103rd Street. Officer Thomas was in the front office with his mother, Stella, chatting. His father went to the bathroom located in the backroom of the news agency. A male black offender entered through the rear door and encountered Thomas, Sr. He displayed a .38 caliber blue steel revolver and announced a robbery. Hearing the voices coming from the backroom, Officer Thomas went to investigate. A struggle ensued between Officer Thomas' father and the armed offender. Officer Thomas came upon the struggle and attempted to aide his father when a second offender entered the rear door. At this time the struggle continued and shots were fired. The offender had fired two to three shots and Officer Thomas fired three shots. Officer Thomas was shot in the lower left chest with the bullet exiting the lower right back. He was also shot in the ring finger of his right and in the right thigh six inches above the knee. The offenders then fled out the door they came in and fled east down the alley making good their escape. They were joined by a third offender, the lookout, as they fled. Help was summoned and Officer Thomas was transported to Roseland Community Hospital and was subsequently transferred to Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital. He underwent surgery and was admitted to the intensive care unit in fair condition. He remained in Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital and later developed an infection related to his injuries. The infection caused a high fever and internal bleeding leading to his death. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Siegert at 7:10 p.m. on November 20, 1970.
In 1972, Thomas' father recognized the two men after their pictures appeared in a newspaper article. The men, Otis Haywood, age 17, of 3617 South Federal Street and Alphonso L. Newman, age 18, of 3615 South Federal Street, were arrested for the murder of a 22-year-old restaurant manager. On April 28, 1972, Mr. Thomas and his wife identified Alphonso Newman as the gunman during a police line-up conducted at the Criminal Courts Building. Mr. Thomas also identified Otis Haywood as Newman's accomplice in the same lineup.
Alphonso Newman and Otis Haywood were charged with Murder and Aggravated Battery. On May 30, 1973, the case against Haywood was Nolle Prossed by Judge Strayhorn. On June 6, 1973, Newman was found not guilty by Judge Strayhorn.
Officer Thomas was waked at Leonard Funeral Home located at 10821 South Michigan Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Helena of the Cross Church located at 10115 South Parnell Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 24, 1970 in St. Casimir Cemetery, 4401 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Paul G. Thomas, Jr., born April 8, 1927, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in May 1, 1955. He earned 3 Complimentary Letters during his career.
Officer Thomas served in the U.S. Army from February 14, 1945 thru March 24, 1947 and was Honorably Discharged. He was survived by his wife, Barbara Julia (nee Saxinger); children: Connie, June, Paul, Jr. III and Tina; parents: Paul G., Sr. and Stella (nee Resk) and siblings: Diane and Ronald W.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #J475836.
Patrolman George W. Thompson
Patrolman George W. Thompson, Star #2009, aged 32 years, was a 3 year, 0 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2 - Pekin Inn.
On November 14, 1925, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Thompson and his partner, Patrolman Napoleon Sutton, were working their regular beat when they observed two suspicious men, Floyd Battle and Claude Huddleston, on 30th Street between Dearborn and Federal Streets. The officers stopped Battle and Huddleston and asked them where they were going as they flashed their stars. It was at this moment, the two men became nervous and drew revolvers, firing at the officers. Battle shot Officer Thompson causing him to fall within seconds but Thompson was able to continue firing. After Thompson fell, Battles was shot by Officer Sutton and killed, he to collapsing to the ground. Seeing his compatriot fall, Huddleston surrendered and was taken into custody by Officer Sutton. Officer Thompson sustained a fatal gunshot wound and died in the exchange.
Officer Thompson was laid to rest in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery, 18301 South Glenwood Thornton Road, Glenwood, Illinois.
On November 16, 1925, Huddleston was held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner. On March 6, 1926, he was acquitted by Judge Gemmill.
Patrolman George W. Thompson, born October 10, 1893, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 28, 1922. He earned 3 Credible Mentions and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $180.00 during his career.
Officer Thompson was survived by his wife.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #9135.
Park Policeman Spencer Thornton Jr.
Park Policeman Spencer Thornton, Jr., Star #327, aged 37 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Park District Police Department, assigned to the South Section.
On September 3, 1945, Officer Thornton, Jr. was on duty at the 2nd Ward Democratic Picnic being held at the 31st Street Beach. While patrolling the event, he intervened in a quarrel between two men, James Coppage, age 44 and Will Robinson, age 45. Coppage produced a handgun and opened fire, killing Officer Thornton and Robinson. Two other police officers, Patrolman Edward Hall of the 8th District - Chicago Lawn station and Park Policeman Joseph Ryan who had also been assigned to the picnic heard the gunfire and rushed to the scene. They returned fire and shot Coppage in the face, shoulder and side. Officer Thornton was rushed to Michael Reese Hospital where he died shortly after his arrival from his wounds. Coppage was arrested and taken to Michael Reese Hospital before being transferred to the Bridewell Hospital where he recovered.
James Coppage stood trial and one year later was found guilty on two counts of murder. He was sentenced to two life sentences to be served concurrently.
Officer Thornton was laid to rest on September 7, 1945 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Officer Thornton was born on August 31, 1908.
The Chicago Park District Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on December 31, 1957. On January 1, 1958, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers of the Chicago Park District 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 Joseph P. Tiernan
Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan, Star #3014, aged 38 years, was a 10 year, 9 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 23, 29th Precinct - Sheffield.
On August 23, 1917, at 11:43 p.m., Officer Tiernan, while walking his beat, observed suspicious activity behind a the West End Dry Goods Store located at 1775 West Madison Street. As Officer Tiernan investigated, he noticed two burglars, Harry Lindrum and Harry Sutherland, in the act of breaking into the basement of the store. As Officer Tiernan placed them under arrest, one of the offenders drew a revolver and began firing. Officer Tiernan was shot three times during the altercation. Officer Tiernan was transported to the hospital where he died the next day.
On August 27, 1917, Lindrum was held by the Coroner and also implicated Harry Sutherland in a confession. Sutherland was also arrested and held on a $20,000.00 bond issued by Judge Fisher. The September 1917 Grand Jury returned True Bills on both men. Sutherland was sent to trial and on November 3, 1917 was sentenced to 25 years in Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet. Lindrum was also sent to trial and was sentenced to hang on December 14, 1917 by Judge Scanlon. Governor Lowden granted a reprieve until February 15, 1918. On February 15, 1918, at 9:36 a.m., Lindrum was hanged at the Cook County Jail.
Officer Tiernan was waked at his residence located at 5585 West Monroe Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church located at 38 North Austin Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois and he was laid to rest on August 27, 1917 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan, born February 17, 1879, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 2, 1906.
Officer Tiernan was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Margaret and siblings: Bernard, John, Michael, Mrs. T. Brady and Thomas (CPD).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5318.
Patrolman Thomas Edward Tighe
Patrolman Thomas Edward Tighe, Star #2700, aged 34 years, was a 2 year, 11 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 10, 24th Precinct - West Thirteenth Street.
On January 10, 1911, at 2:35 a.m., Officer Tighe responded to a complaint from a woman received at the station. She stated that three men had insulted her on the corner of Hastings and Leavitt Streets where she resides. Upon arrival, the woman was gone, but Officer Tighe observed four men, Michael Bradshaw, Mr. Carr, Edward Etchingham and Mr. Wayne, standing on the corner. Officer Tighe ordered the men to disperse. Michael Bradshaw took exception to Officer Tighe's command and spoke to him offensively. In response, Officer Tighe placed Bradshaw under arrest and was attempting to lead him to a patrol box when Bradshaw's two friends intervened. The friends protested, claiming that there were no grounds for arrest. Officer Tighe took a moment to address the men. Taking advantage of the distraction, Bradshaw was able to break away from the officer's grip. He knocked Officer Tighe to the ground and fled the scene with his friends.
Officer Tighe quickly gained his footing and gave chase. Upon seeing the policeman in pursuit, Edward Etchingham turned and fired his weapon several times, striking Officer Tighe in the abdomen. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Tighe returned fire striking one of the offenders. The injured offender left a trail of blood running east down Hastings Street in the direction they had fled. Officer Tighe was transported to Cook County Hospital where he was able to provide details of the incident before slipping into unconsciousness. He lingered in the hospital for two months before succumbing to a Septic Infection shortly after 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 1911.
On March 13, 1911, Edward Etchingham and Michael Bradshaw were arrested and held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner. Carr and Wayne were also arrested. On June 25, 1911, Bradshaw, Carr and Wayne were acquitted by Judge Kavanaugh. On July 15, 1911, Edward Etchingham was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Kavanaugh.
Officer Tighe was waked at his residence located at 825 South Campbell Avenue and he was laid to rest on March 14, 1911 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Patrolman Thomas E. Tighe, born July 5, 1876, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 12, 1908. His grave is located in Section H, Block 1, Grave 120.
Officer Tighe was survived by his wife, Margaret C. (nee Bergin) and children: Donald Edward T., Joseph, Raymond A. and Stella.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5257.
Patrolman Thomas Edward Torpy
Patrolman Thomas Edward Torpy, Star #525, aged 37 years, was a 12 year, 3 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District - South Wabash.
On September 22, 1934, at 2:45 p.m., Officer Torpy and his partner, Patrolman Robert Galbraith, went to an apartment located at 4733 South St. Lawrence Avenue. They went there to arrest Clifton Myrick, age 27, who was wanted in connection for his part within a gang that had committed over 40 robberies and two murders. Five members of the gang had already been arrested including Myrick’s brother, John. The officers arrived on scene and set up surveillance. As Myrick walked out of his apartment, Officer Torpy nearest the door, he saw the policemen had him covered with their guns and slammed it shut. Officer Torpy yanked the door open and was shot twice by Myrick. Myrick began to flee as Officer Torpy and Galbraith returned fire and started down the stairs after him. Officer Torpy was shot twice more, the last bullet hitting him in the head. As Officer Torpy Fell down the stairs, mortally wounded, Galbraith pursued the killer returning fire. Officer Galbraith was able to wound Myrick and place him under arrest. Myrick was shot five times in the gunfight. Myrick was loaded into a patrol wagon and transported to the Bridewell Hospital. While en route to the hospital, Myrick attempted to seize Patrolman John Hogan’s revolver. A struggle ensued and Myrick was shot two more times by Patrolman Clinton Towne of the 5th District. Myrick collapsed and died instantly from the additional gunshots.
Officer Torpy was waked at his residence located at 6741 South Parnell Avenue funeral mass was held at St. Bernard's Church and he was laid to rest on September 26, 1934 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.
Patrolman Thomas Edward Torpy, born October 13, 1896, received a Temporary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 6, 1919 prior to his Probationary Appointment to the Department on June 8, 1922. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department he was a fireman.
Officer Torpy served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan, survived a helicopter crash and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Captain. He was survived by his wife, Mary; son, Tom and stepdaughter.
Patrolman Jose Manuel Torres
Patrolman Jose Manuel Torres, Star #13988, aged 37 years, was a 4 year, 11 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 10th District - Marquette.
On August 5, 1979, at 1:20 a.m., Officer Torres and his partner, Patrolman Patricia Skyles, were working the first watch on beat 1046. They assigned to investigate a traffic crash at 2516 South Blue Island Avenue in which a blue 1973 Buick Riviera was struck while parked. While inspecting the VIN number of the vehicle involved in the crash a green 1968 Ford LTD driven by Jesus Morales, age 27 of 2545 South Kedzie Avenue sideswiped the Buick and struck Officer Torres. The Ford was traveling southwest bound at approximately 60 mph and failed to stop at a stop sign before striking the officer. The impact threw Officer Torres into the air, traveling 24 feet, and through the back window of another parked car. The Ford then fled the scene. Officer Torres was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by beat 1073 in critical condition. He sustained injuries to the head, chest and legs and was admitted to the hospital. He would later succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead by Dr. Gonzales 16 days later at 2:30 p.m. on August 21, 1979.
Jesus Morales was arrested five hours later based on descriptions given by witnesses. His vehicle was located by beat 1020, Sergeant Ellison, at 2515 South Troy Avenue. Morales was charged with hitting a pedestrian in the roadway, driving without a city vehicle license, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. Morales was later charged with reckless homicide after Officer Torres death.
Officer Torres was waked at Lain-Hursen Funeral Home located at 5501 North Ashland Avenue, his funeral mass was held at Open Bible Spanish Church located at 3142 North Racine Avenue and he was laid to rest on August 27, 1979 in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cagauas, Puerto Rico.
Patrolman Jose Manuel Torres, born September 20, 1942, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 16, 1974. He was also a civilian member of the Department working as a Department Property Custodian and a Senior Public Safety Aide for several years before being appointed as a Patrolman.
Officer Torres was survived by his wife, Ines (nee Manfreay).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #A877767 Traffic Crash.
Patrolman Michael J. Toth
Patrolman Michael J. Toth, Star #7334, aged 32 years, was a 1 year, 1 month, 12 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 17th District - New City.
On November 8, 1936, at 12:15 a.m., Officer Toth and his partner, Patrolman Thomas Bourke were working beat 182. They monitored a radio assignment for a “Disturbance” in which they responded. Walter Godula, the owner of Walter Godula's Tavern located at 4830 South Wood Street contacted police after two men attempted to sell guns in his saloon. During the call to police, Godula reported the disturbance but failed to notify the call taker that the men were armed. The officers arrived on scene and parked their squad car only a few feet north of the tavern before going inside. They entered the tavern and headed to the west end of the bar, where they had observed two men matching the description of the suspects. Officer Toth ordered one man, Frank “Doc” Whyte, age 47, to take his hand out of his pocket while Officer Bourke, with his club in hand, approached Stanley Murawski, age 37. Whyte, hearing the officers’ orders and not liking their aggressive approach, drew a gun and put it to Officer Burkes head. At the same time, he disarmed Officer Burke by removing his service revolver from its holster. As this happened, Murawski began to fight with Officer Toth, forcing him into a darkened back room. During the struggle in the back room, gunshots rang out and Officer Toth was struck. It was at this time Whyte turned the gun on Officer Bourke and Officer Toth simultaneously drew his gun and stepped in front of his partner to protect him before the shot was fired. Officer Toth managed to fire several shots, striking Whyte once before he was shot five times by Murawski. Bourke broke free and ran from the tavern to 4800 South Wood Street and called the station for back up. Bourke then ran back to the tavern only to discover his partner sitting in a chair by the front door bleeding profusely. The pair had fled the scene making good their escape. Officer Toth was rushed to German Deaconess Hospital in the 17th District patrol wagon in critical condition. It was learned that he was shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the hand. Toth succumbed to his wound at 7:00 p.m. the same day.
Further investigation into the shooting revealed different stories of the events which transpired. Godula gave a statement in which he stated that the two bandits entered the tavern at 11:30 p.m. and consumed several drinks. They then proceeded to try and sell Godula two pistols for $20.00, speaking in Slovak as they made the offer. He countered that he would pay $15.00 but they declined and continued drinking. Godula became nervous that the two men becoming more and more inebriated, he called police. This is the point where Godula’s statement deviates from the police records. In a Chicago Daily Tribune report, Godula related that he told whoever answered the phone when he called “Police 13-13” that there were “two bad men in his place with guns.” This was denied by police officials, saying the report they received was described simply as a disturbance which was also how it was broadcast over the radio. Police stated that Godula never mentioned anything about the men being armed with guns. Officer Bourke was later quoted as saying “If we had known they were armed we would gone in with guns drawn.”
Stanley Murawski and Frank Whyte, both parolees, were later apprehended and found guilty of Officer Toth's murder. On February 19, 1937, both men were convicted and sentenced to death in the electric chair. On April 16, 1937, they were executed in the electric chair. The early parole of both men led to an investigation of the parole system by then Governor Horner.
Officer Toth was waked at a chapel located at 2010 West 51st Street, his funeral mass was held at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church located at 5009 South Hermitage Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 12, 1936 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.
Patrolman Michael J. Toth, born May 1, 1904, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 27, 1935.
Officer Toth was survived by his wife, Elsie (nee Nrabee) and children: Kenneth and Robert.
Patrolman George H. Trumbull
Patrolman George H. Trumbull, Star #899, aged 36 years, was a 4 year, 8 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 4, 4th Precinct - Cottage Grove.
On August 17, 1914, at 1:15 a.m., Officer Trumbull was walking his beat near 26th and State Streets with two other officers, Patrolmen Lewis Hall and Lewis Schroeder. Meanwhile, at 2545 South State Street a man by the name of Simon Hogan, and ex-convict, was visiting the private home when he began an argument with the lady of the house, Emma Miller. Hogan had threatened to kill her unless she gave him $1.00. Other residents of the home then attempted to throw Hogan out. In response, he pulled a revolver and started to pistol whip two of them with it. While this was taking place, one of the women in the home ran outside to call for help and drew the attention of Officers Trumbull, Hall and Schroeder whom were walking nearby. The officers followed the woman back to the home to investigate. As they approached the residence Hogan stepped out of the building. Officer Trumbull spotted the gun in Hogan’s hand and lunged forward in an attempt to disarm Hogan. Hogan responded by opening fire and a fusillade of shots followed. When the shooting started, Officers Hall and Schroeder ducked into a nearby doorway for cover. Officer Trumbull was less fortunate as he was hit by Hogan’s shots before he could take cover and return fire. Officer Trumbull shot in four places, one of the bullets having entered his chest lodging below his heart. He collapsed to the ground and died shortly thereafter, his revolver found fully loaded beside his body.
Hogan then fled on foot, Officers Hall and Schroeder gave chase firing at Hogan as he ran. Hogan managed to evade the officers and as he ran, he encountered two other officers on patrol. They stopped and detained Hogan questioning why he was running. Hogan told them that there had been a shooting on 26th Street, pointing in the direction, and he was running to escape harm. The officer released him and ran in the direction he pointed to investigate. Moments later the Officer ran into Officer Hall and Schroeder who inquired if the officers had seen a man matching Hogan’s description running. The two officers, realizing they had let the killer go, joined in the pursuit with Officers Hall and Schroeder. They ran back to where they had last seen Hogan but were unable to locate him.
By this time over fifty officers had responded to the scene in search of Hogan. Captain Coughlin, Lieutenant Grady and several Detectives went to his brother’s house located at 8115 South Federal Street. They had only been there a few minutes when Mrs. Julia Robinson rushed inside. Mrs. Robinson said that Hogan was in her house at 3800 South State Street. The officers rushed to the address, a rooming house above a saloon, where Hogan was holed up. Upon arrival the officer went to the front door, which they found locked. They then went around to the rear where Patrolman Michael Fadden forced the door open. Hogan then opened fire, firing two rounds, one of which passed through Officer Fadden’s hand and then struck his groin. The officers returned fire and two women who had been inside ran to the windows screaming. The women were extracted from the apartment by ladder where a four-hour standoff began. Eventually, Hogan stuck his arm out from behind a drawn window shade. It was at this time a police sharpshooter fired one round from his rifle, which struck Hogan’s hand knocking the gun from it. Shortly thereafter, Hogan came downstairs and surrendered, his injured arm hanging limp and the other over his head.
Hogan was taken into custody and held by the Coroner. On November 27, 1914, Hogan was sentenced to life in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Kersten.
Officer Trumbull was waked at his residence located at 4435 North Sidney Court (present day Pine Grove Avenue) and he was laid to rest on August 17, 1914 in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman George H. Trumbull, born November 15, 1877, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 23, 1909.
Officer Trumbull was survived by his wife.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5285.
Patrolman John Robert Tucker Sr.
Patrolman John Robert Tucker, Star #9168, aged 33 years, was an 11 year, 0 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District - South Chicago Tactical Unit.
On October 4, 1968, Officer Tucker, while off duty, observed an armed robber enter the Standard Bank & Trust located at 7919 South Ashland Avenue. Officer Tucker took a position behind a pillar as the gunman, Clemmie Johnson, age 37, approached a teller's cage. Johnson went to three tellers and displayed a .38 caliber revolver demanding they place their money in a pillowcase he was carrying. Officer Tucker then began to approach the robber from behind and identified himself as a police officer when Johnson turned around and fired. Officer Tucker was struck three times in the chest and died enroute to the hospital. He was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen park where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Unbeknownst to Officer Tucker, there were already three police officers, Sergeant Neil Rourke, Patrolman Jerry Sherwood and Patrolman David Douma waiting in the lobby of the bank to catch Johnson as he left the bank. They had responded to an alarm set off by a bank guard, Francis O'Dae when Johnson began the robbery. O'Dae drew his weapon and met the responding officers in the lobby of the bank. The officers and O'Dae were waiting to confront Johnson in the lobby away from the 20 employees and 12 patrons inside the bank as to protect them. When the three officers and O'Dae heard the gunfire they rushed thru the doors immediately opening fire on Johnson. Johnson was shot three times, once in the head, and fell to the floor. Sergeant Rourke fired three shots, Sherwood two shots, Douma six shots and O'Dae five shots. Johnson was arrested and taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park where he underwent surgery, $13,181.74 were recovered from Johnson's pillowcase.
Sergeant Rourke rushed to Tucker's side. Rourke later said that Tucker was clutching his wounds and said "I tried to get him." Tucker then collapsed and died while enroute to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.
On March 24, 1969, Clemmie Johnson was convicted in a four day bench trial and was sentenced to serve 100 to 190 years in prison by Judge Richard J. Fitzgerald. Johnson was later paroled and released from prison on December 12, 2006 after serving only 37 years.
Officer Collin's funeral mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church located at 911 West 50th Place and he was laid to rest on October 12, 1968 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Patrolman John Robert Tucker, born December 6, 1934, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 1, 1957. He earned 1 Award of Valor (Posthumously), 1 Blue Star Award (Posthumously), 1 Department Commendation and 4 Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Tucker was a member of the Illinois Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Regina, age 34; children: James, age 12, Janice, age 11 and John, Jr., age 4; mother, Rosa and siblings: Bernadine, Dolores, Donna, Dorothy, Eileen, Gladys, Joanne and Norma.
Detective Sergeant Joseph Henry Urban
Detective Sergeant Joseph Henry Urban, Star #518, aged 41 years, was a 6 year, 9 month, 2 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 20, 25th Precinct - Shakespeare.
On December 4, 1917, at 5:35 a.m., Detective Sergeant Urban was on duty investigating burglaries in the community. Detective Sergeant Urban entered a closed store, the National Tea Company, located at 2830 West Armitage Avenue. At the same time Patrolman Charles Weinecke was walking his beat and observed Detective Sergeant Urban inside the store. Officer Weinecke mistook Urban for a burglar and in the confusion Weinecke fired a shot, striking Detective Sergeant Urban. Detective Sergeant Urban was taken to a St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he died two days later on December 6, 1917.
Patrolman Charles Weinecke was exonerated of all responsibility for Detective Sergeant Urban’s death by the Coroner's Jury.
Detective Sergeant Urban was waked at his residence located at 2244 South Powell Avenue (present day Campbell Avenue) and he was laid to rest on December 10, 1917 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.
Detective Sergeant Joseph Henry Urban, born November 19, 1876, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 4, 1911. He earned 2 Credible Mentions during his career. On November 12, 1913, he was promoted to 2nd Class Detective Sergeant, becoming effective on November 13, 1913 and his title being officially changed by order of the city council on January 11, 1915. Prior to Detective Sergeant Urban's promotion he was issued Star #149 as seen in the accompanying photo.
Detective Sergeant Urban was survived by his wife.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5385.
Ironically, Sergeant O'Connell's star number was reissued after his death to Sergeant Walter J. Riley, who was also killed in the Line of Duty on October 26, 1926.
Note: The photo of Sergeant Urban is of him wearing his previously assigned star number #149. At the time of the incident his assigned star number was #518.
Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez Sr.
Police Officer Alejandro “Alex“ Valadez, Sr., Star #9534, aged 27 years, was a 3 year, 5 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 7th District - Englewood.
On June 1, 2009, at 12:12 a.m., Officer Valadez and his partner, Police Officer Thomas Vargas, were working the first watch on beat 706C in plain clothes. The officers responded to a call of ""Shots Fired,"" gang members hiding guns in a red garage located at 6027 South Hermitage. As Officers Valadez and Vargas were questioning several individuals in front of the address, a vehicle drove up and Shawn Gaston, age 20, of 6235 South Paulina Street, opened fire. Officer Valadez was shot once in the leg and once in the head; the bullet pierced through Valadez's left ear and lodged in his brain. Gaston then fled the scene making good his escape. Officer Valadez was transported to Stroger Hospital of Cook County by CFD Ambulance #49 and was pronounced dead by Dr. Segovia at 2:40 p.m. on June 1, 2009.
Following the incident several pieces of evidence against Shawn Gaston and Kevin Walker were collected. However the big break in the case came from an Illinois State Trooper, who, by chance, had stopped Gaston and Walker the day before the shooting in a 2007 Pontiac G6, the same car detectives believed was used in the shooting. Gaston and Walker were stopped for a seat belt violation and issued a moving violation. The Trooper’s in car camera also videotaped the traffic stop. Detectives tracked down the ticket and contacted the State Police to inquire about whether there was a tape recording. The State Police confirmed and turned over the tape to investigators. The Department’s Targeted Response Unit later recovered the car. Recovered inside were three guns including one in the trunk of the car that detectives believed was the murder weapon. A shell casing was also recovered in the car, which matched those found at the crime scene. Shawn Gaston and Kevin Walker were later arrested and in a statement, Gaston admitted he was the shooter and that Walker was the driver of the car. Gunshot residue tests were conducted on Harris' hand and they came back positive, while Walker's fingerprint was found on a .40 caliber gun also used in the crime.
In September 2011, Gaston was convicted of the murder and attempted murder of Officer Valadez. He was subsequently sentenced to 125 years in prison. On October 9, 2013, Harris was convicted of murder and attempted murder as well as the getaway driver in the shooting, Kevin Walker, age 25.
Officer Valadez was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church located at 8200 South Kostner Avenue and he was laid to rest on June 6, 2009 in Mount Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery, 4101 Oak Park Avenue, Berwyn, Illinois.
Police Officer Alejando “Alex“ Valadez, Sr., born February 1, 1982, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 5, 2005. He earned 1 Department Commendation and 22 Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Valadez was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Latin American Police Association. He was survived by his expectant fiancée, Christina Rodriguez (CPD), age 33; parents: Margarita (nee Garcia) and Rogelio, Sr., age 74; siblings, Adrian (CPD), Brenda (CPD) and Wilda Garcia. Following Officer Valadez death his fiancée gave birth to a baby boy, Alejandro Valadez, Jr., on September 9, 2009.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HR351507.
On July 13, 2010, the 2600 block of West 26th Street was dedicated as “Honorary Officer Alejandro Valadez Avenue.” One brown honorary street sign was erected. The sign was located on the southwest corner of 26th Street and Homan Avenue in the heart of the Little Village community where Officer Valadez grew up.
Patrolman Roger Wilfred Van Schaik
Patrolman Roger Wilfred Van Schaik, Star #14299, aged 31 years, was a 12 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District - Kensington Tactical Unit.
On December, 13 1978, Kenneth Allen, age 36, of 10200 South St. Lawrence Avenue, had been arrested and his weapons seized through search warrant. Three months later, Allen still seethed with resentment over the incident. Early in the afternoon of March 3, 1979, Allen visited a locksmith and glazier with a curious question. He wanted to know if the glass in Chicago Police cars was bulletproof. The proprietor of the shop, Stanley Evans, told him that only Chicago riot wagons had bulletproof glass.
On March 3, 1979, at 4:15 p.m., Officers Bosak and Van Schaik were working the third watch on beat 561 in plain clothes. The officers had just finished a traffic stop on west 115th and May Streets. During the traffic stop Allen parked his brown 1972 Ford LTD across the street from Officers Bosak and Van Schaik as they were conducting their traffic stop. He lay in wait as he was planning to ambush the officers. As the officers returned to their squad car with their back to him, Allen opened fire on Officer Bosak with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, emptying the magazine. Officer Bosak was hit three times and collapsed to the ground. Allen then drew a second pistol and exited his car to engage Van Schaik, who was on the opposite side of the unmarked police car. Allen engaged him in a gun battle, the two men circling the squad car, both men exhausting their ammunition without scoring a hit. Allen then returned to his car and retrieved a .30 caliber carbine rifle. Meanwhile Officer Van Schaik was able to radio a 10-1 (Officer needs assistance) call for help from the radio in the squad car. Allen then returned and again opened fire on Van Schaik, wounding but not killing the officer. The rifle jammed after two or three shots. While Van Schaik lay wounded on the ground Allen retrieved the .38 caliber service revolver from Officer Bosak. He returned to the front of the car where the wounded Van Schaik lay and executed him with two shots to the face at point blank range.
Allen remained on the scene until two other officers arrived in response to the distress call. He initially fled in his car but quickly returned, attempting to shoot the officers as he drove past. Several more squad cars arrived in pursuit of Allen, still firing from the windows with Officer Bosak's service revolver and a now unjammed carbine. After two collisions with squad cars and one with a CTA bus, Allen was finally stopped when Officer Lawrence Rapien intentionally steered his squad car head on into Allen's car. Allen was taken into custody and the scene was secured. Officer Van Schaik was transported to Roseland Community Hospital by beat 2273 and was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Arya at 4:45 p.m. on March 3, 1979. Officer Bosak was also transported to Roseland Community Hospital by beat 2273 and was pronounced dead by Dr. Arya at 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 1979.
Several guns were confiscated from Allen's car, along with about 250 rounds of ammunition, and a notebook containing the names, addresses, license plate numbers and phone numbers of several police officers and Everette Braden. Braden was the judge who had signed the search warrant authorizing Chicago Police to enter Allen's home.
Kenneth Allen was charged with two counts of murder. He represented himself at his trial and pleaded guilty to the murders of Bosak and Van Schaik. Allen would be convicted of the murders and later sentenced to death. In court Allen stated he had killed the officers for committing “another violation of the people's rights by police“ (i.e. the traffic stop), and because he recognized, mistakenly, Bosak from the standoff at his house on December 13, 1978. Neither officer had been present at that incident. Because of this, and because of evidence, the large amount of ammunition, the notebook, the earlier questioning of the glazier, the jury agreed that he had premeditated the killings.
Kenneth Allen remained under a sentence of death for many years before his sentence was commuted in 2003 in controversial circumstances by the embattled Governor of Illinois, George Ryan. As his last act in office, Ryan commuted the sentences of all 167 convicts on or waiting to be sent to Illinois' Death Row to life in prison. As of 2009 Kenneth Allen remains in Menard Correctional Center.
Officer Van Schaik was waked at Sheehy Funeral Home located at 10727 South Pulaski Road, his funeral service was also held at the Sheehy Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on March 7, 1979 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.
Patrolman Roger Wilfred Van Schaik, born June 16, 1947, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 7, 1969. He earned 40 Honorable mentions During his career.
Patrolman Van Schaik was a member of the Confederation of Police, Illinois Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Ann Marie (nee Haywood), age 28; children: Deanna Lynn Opyd, age 9 Erica, age 4 months and Mark Roger Opyd, age 11 and his brother, John (CFD).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #A075329 Homicide, A796792 Traffic Crash and A796819 Traffic Crash.
In March 1979, Officer Van Schaik's star was retired by Superintendent James E. O'Grady 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 Van Schaik's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.
Kenneth Allen, born October 17, 1942, is the convicted murderer of Chicago Police Officers William Bosak and Roger Van Schaik. He is currently serving life in prison without parole in Illinois.
Earlier confrontations with police:
On both December 10th and 13th, 1978, Chicago Police were contacted by Allen's common-law wife, Bianca Smith, who complained of having “problems“ with Allen, and that he was heavily armed. Officers were both times dispatched to Allen and Smith's residence to deal with the domestic complaints. The second time, Allen was refusing Smith entry to their shared residence, and demonstrated his willingness to continue to do so by brandishing various firearms at police from his front doorstep and telling the officers “the next fucking pig that puts his foot on my property, I'm going to blow his head off“ and “you motherfuckers are all going to pay for this.“
Eventually, after a 19 hour standoff and in front of several Chicago TV crews, Allen surrendered to the police without a shot being fired. While Allen was incarcerated pending bail for this incident, Judge Everette Braden issued a search warrant for Allen's home. It was executed later that day, while Allen was still in jail, whereupon officers retrieved the following firearms:
- one Colt .45 semiautomatic pistol,
- one Smith & Wesson revolver, model 27,
- one Smith & Wesson revolver, model 57 (highly similar or identical to the S&W Model 29),
- one Colt .357 Python revolver,
- one.44 Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver,
- one Winslow 7mm rifle,
- one Weatherby 12-gauge shotgun,
- and over a thousand rounds of various kinds of ammunition.
Officers on the scene of the standoff claimed to have seen Allen at times bearing a gun that appeared to be an M16 rifle, however no such gun was recovered by the officers executing the search warrant. Upon returning home from jail, Allen was furious that his guns had been confiscated. He contacted lawyer Kermit Coleman to sue for their return, but was informed it was unlikely he would ever get them back from the police.
Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten
Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten, Star #14931, aged 65 years, was a 32 year, 9 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District - Chicago Lawn.
On January 7, 1997, at 11:21 p.m., Officer Van Vegten and his partner Patrolman Matt Koman, were working beat 844. The officers were responding to a “shots fired” call at the CHA's LeClaire Courts housing complex located at 4941 West 44th Street. While enroute the officers spotted a vehicle containing four known gang members who immediately fled northbound on Cicero Avenue at a high rate of speed. Before Officer Koman could radio in the pursuit another maroon vehicle veered into their lane of traffic and struck the squad car. Officer Van Vegten was forced to take evasive action and was forced to swerve left to avoid a crash. The squad car struck the center-lane curb and crashed head on into a concrete planter located in the median in front of 5046 South Cicero Avenue. The squad car then caught fire while the officers were still inside. Two passerby, Mr. Valdemar Delgado and Ben Howard, an off duty Cook County Sheriff Corrections Officer, observed the crash occur and pulled over to assist. Officer Howard attempted to open the squad car doors with negative results. Howard then returned to his vehicle and retrieved a crowbar in which he used to break the windows of the squad car. Mr. Delgado and Officer Howard then pulled Officer Koman out of the window and away from the vehicle. They then pulled Officer Van Vegten from the squad car just before it became fully engulfed in flames. Officer Komen was transported to Christ Hospital by CFD Ambulance #21 and was treated and released in February after his injuries were treated. Officer Van Vegten was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #12 in critical condition. He sustained a collapsed lung, a shattered right femur and a broken rib, which had pierced his aorta. The rapid blood loss from that injury left him paralyzed from the chest down and legally blind. After emerging from a six-week coma, the officer underwent several surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for therapy. In the following years, Officer Van Vegten suffered through numerous surgeries and continuously battled infections and wounds that required months or years to heal.
Officer Van Vegten was 44 years old at the time of the incident, would enter the Disability Pension Roll (DPR) on March 11, 1998 and later resign from the Department on August 20, 2015. He survived the crash but would suffer from years of vision loss and therapies. Every day of his life continued to be a new challenge. For the past several years of his life Officer Van Vegten had volunteered for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Officer Van Vegten passed away on November 2, 2017, from complications resulting from his line of duty injury. On December 15, 2017, the Will County Coroner’s Office ruled that his death resulted from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Officer Van Vegten was waked at Orland Funeral Home located at 9900 West 143rd Street, Orland Park, Illinois and he was laid to rest on November 4, 2017 in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery Cemetery, 16201 South 104th Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois.
Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten, born on August 20, 1952, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 17, 1986. He was certified as a Patrol Specialist in 1990.
Officer Van Vegten was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his daughter, Jennifer.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B017876.
On July 17, 2018, Officer Van Vegten's star was retired by Superintendent of Police 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 Larry James Vincent
Patrolman Larry James Vincent, Star #15161, aged 29 years, was a 2 year, 11 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District - Wentworth Tactical Unit.
On January 14, 1983, at 7:03 p.m., Officer Vincent and his partner, Patrolman George Lipinski, were working the third watch on beat 262C. They responded to a burglary in progress call at a three story apartment building located at 5131 South Calumet Avenue. Upon arrival Officer Vincent entered the building from the front while his partner went to the back. Beat 262D, Patrolman Clarence Spraggins and Patrolman Jackie Stewart arrived a few minutes later. Officer Spraggins went to the front to back up Officer Vincent and Officer Stewart to the rear with Officer Lipinski. Officers Vincent and Spraggins then made entry and confronted two suspects, Nicky Cozart, age 28, of 4242 South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Darnell Davis, age 24, of 4048 South Lake Park Avenue. The confrontation took place in a first floor hall area as the offenders were attempting to escape through a first floor window. As the men leapt from the window Officers Vincent and Spraggins fired at them. Cozart was grazed in the abdomen. It was dark and the windows were covered with an opaque substance. The officers in the rear, hearing the gunfire, ran to the front and one of them thinking they were being shot at by a third offender returned fire into the open window. Tragically he was shooting at Officers Vincent and Spraggins. Both were struck, Vincent in the right side of his face and Spraggins in the arm. Officers Vincent and Spraggins stumbled out the front door and collapsed in the snow. Additional backup officers arrived and assisted the wounded officers. Cozart and Davis were captured outside the building and placed into custody. Officer Spraggins was transported to Provident Hospital by beat 271 where he was admitted and eventually made a full recovery. Officer Vincent was transported to Billings Hospital by CFD Ambulance #36 and was pronounced dead by Dr. Cardey at 8:06 p.m. on January 14, 1983.
Nicky Cozart and Darnell Davis were charged with felony murder, home invasion and robbery. They were held without bail pending their trial.
Officer Vincent was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois, his funeral mass was held at St. Thomas More Church located at 2825 West 81st Street and he was laid to rest on January 18, 1983 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.
Patrolman Larry James Vincent, December 11, 1953, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 28, 1980 and was in Recruit Class 80-1 at the Jackson Street Police Academy.
Officer Vincent was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his expectant wife, Marilyn Grace (nee Purciarello), age 25; children: Anthony Michael, age 2 (CPD) and Jason Paul, age 9; parents: Agnes (nee Rourke) and Donald (CPD); sisters: Deloris and Mary and uncle, Cornelius Rourke (CPD). Following Officer Vincent's death his wife gave birth to a baby boy, Donald Larry Vincent, on June 9, 1983.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #E017596.
Patrolman Arthur Vollmar
Patrolman Arthur Vollmar, Star #886, aged 36 years, was a 2 year, 9 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 38th District - Town Hall.
On February 22, 1929, at 7:45 p.m., Officer Vollmar was riding his motorcycle with his partner Carl Pablowski seated in the sidecar at Clark and School Streets. A pedestrian, Dr. Walter A. Birgerson, pointed to a man, Ralph Yarck, a block away that was running west on the street and stated that he had just robbed him. Birgerson shouted, "That man just held me up, Get him." Yarck, who was described as heavy set with a beard, robbed Birgerson of $8.00 in front of his residence and then fled on foot. Birgerson then followed the robber until he saw the officers. Vollmar and Pablowski then gave chase. As Ralph Yarck saw the policemen approach, the fugitive attempted to flee by jumping on a moving Clark Street streetcar going south. Failing in this attempt, he drew a revolver and fired at the policemen as he continued his flight. The officers, who were not hurt, returned fire but missed.
The fugitive then stopped in his tracks, took aim, and fired again. Officer Vollmar toppled from the motorcycle after being shot in the head. The motorcycle, careening across the street, grazed an automobile parked at the curb. It then jumped the curb and knocked down a female pedestrian who was on the sidewalk.
Officer Pablowski then jumped out of the sidecar and took up the pursuit on foot. Yarck disappeared down a nearby alley. At the head of the alley, Pablowski emptied his revolver at the assailant, who stumbled, but quickly regained his footing and escaped. Pablowski said he believed he wounded the killer because he stumbled. The bandit escaped when Pablowski, who continued the pursuit, collapsed from a heart attack. Officer Vollmar was transported to John B. Murphy Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Officer Pablowski recovered from the heart attack and returned to duty.
On April 29, 1931, Ralph Yarck was brought back from Alton, Illinois to face trial. On April 30, 1931, the case was nolle prossed in Branch 29.
Officer Vollmar was laid to rest on February 27, 1929 in Irving Park Cemetery, 7777 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Arthur Vollmar, born August 11, 1892, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 26, 1926.
Officer Vollmar was survived by his wife, Vena and two children.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #11283.
Ironically, Sergeant Vollmar's star number was previously issued to Sergeant Harry J. Gray, who was also killed in the Line of Duty on November 2, 1925.
Patrolman Ingar C. Volquartz
Patrolman Ingar C. Volquartz, Star # Unknown, aged 39 years, was a 4 year, 7 month, 23 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 20, 32nd Precinct - West Chicago.
On June 25, 1915, Officer Volquartz while on motorcycle patrol was involved in an automobile crash with an auto driven by Elmer Anderson of 5033 West Chicago Avenue. Mr. Officer Volquartz died from injuries sustained in the crash. Andersen was held in connection with the crash. Further details are unavailable, but Officer Volquartz is listed in the Proceedings of the City Council of the City of Chicago as dying in the discharge of his duties.
Officer Volquartz was waked at his residence located at 5466 West Haddon Avenue and he was laid to rest on June 28, 1915 in Mount Olive Cemetery, 3800 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Ingar C. Volquartz, born September 8, 1875, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 10, 1910.
Officer Volquartz was survived by his wife, Anna (nee Petersen).
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Patrolman John Vondruska Jr.
Patrolman John J. Vondruska, Jr., Star #6048, aged 32 years, was an 8 year, 6 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 25th District - Fillmore.
On January 1, 1931, at 6:50 a.m., Officer Vondruska was detailed to help prevent robberies and protect the money turned in by the drivers at the Yellow Cab Company garage located at 4950 West Flournoy Street. On New Year’s Day, five armed robbers arrived in two automobiles and entered the facility and yelled “Stick ‘em up.” The robbers were intent on taking the $8,000.00 dollars in payroll. Officer Vondruska, upon seeing the offenders enter, fired the first shot. One of the intruders, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and another with a machine gun then opened fire on Officer Vondruska. A cab driver, William Smith, heard the gunshots and was shot twice in the legs when he ran to assist the wounded officer. Members of the "42" gang were subsequently arrested. Mike Mercurio, age 24, was arrested later in the day in the Maxwell Street District and found to be wounded by shotgun fire. He was positively identified as one of the bandits. He refused to name his accomplices, but five witnesses were able to identify two of the gunmen from a police photo lineup. The witnesses identified Mike DeSteffano and George Conrad.
On June 29, 1931, Mercurio, on a plea of guilty, was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Joseph David.
Officer Vondruska was laid to rest on January 5, 1931 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.
Patrolman John J. Vondruska, Jr., born August 29, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 8, 1929.
Patrolman Edward J. Wallner
Patrolman Edward J. Wallner, Star #1533, aged 28 years, was a 7 year, 4 month, 23 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9, 23rd Precinct - Hinman.
On January 5, 1899, at 6:00 p.m., Six highway men, Charles Peterson, alias Frank Ford, Fred Jones, alias Sam Ritch, Edward Lally, alias Edward Murphy, Thomas McFadden, alias Mickey, Frank Senoni and Albert Stiles entered Borrmann's dry goods store located at No. 832 West 21st Street (present day 2001 West 21st Street). The owner, Mr. Borrmann and his employee, Charles G. Carlson were alone in the store. Mr. Borrmann was in his office at the front of the store, while Carlson was standing near the stove at the back of the store. Upon entering the store, one of the six bandits stationed themselves near the front door. The other five went to the rear of the store. As Carlson turned to greet the men, he discovered two pistols starring him in the face. One bandit said, “Now be good, where is the man in the other room?” The bandit was referring to a third employee who was a cutter. Carlson told him he wasn’t at work, at which time the bandit went to verify his claim. After, the bandits took a gold watch, valued at $60.00, a $5.00 bill and a silver dollar from Carlson. At the same time, Mr. Borrmann was under guard with a pistol pressed to the back of his head by one of the other bandits. The bandits then moved on to the cash drawer where they took $35.00 in silver and bills. Realizing there was nothing else they could steal, the robbers then proceeded to leave as a German woman was walking in to make a purchase. Paying no attention to her, the bandits walked out.
As the bandits walked down the street, an errand boy employed by the store, Herman Kirchoff, age 17, arrived at the corner. He observed the robbers walking and overheard them say, “How much did you get? Go on across the street. Don’t all get in a bunch.” Kirchoff realized the situation and ran across the street into Engel’s Saloon where he alerted Officer Wallner and his partner, Patrolman John McCauley who were working in plainclothes. It was now 6:15 p.m., the officers drew their weapons and ran down Robey Street (present day Damen Avenue) to 21st Place. Upon arrival they observed four the bandits on 21st Street near Lincoln Street (present day Wolcott Street), a block east of Robey Street. The bandits were at the mouth of an alley just south of 21st Street when the officers shouted for them to hold up their hands. The officers continued to advance on the robbers and one of the bandits made a faint as if to draw their revolvers. It was at this time Officer McCauley fired a round into the air. By this time the officers were less than ten feet from the bandits when a gunfight broke out.
Officers McCauley and Wallner both returned fire, shooting four times each. The bandits fired ten times. Officer McCauley shot in the right wrist and his side and Officer Wallner was mortally wounded in the chest. Five of the bandits then fled on foot in the dark alley and the sixth ran southbound on Lincoln Street and was then seen jumping over a railing dropping ten feet to the ground below. Officer Wallner then walked unaided into the saloon of Edward Anderson located at 22nd Street and Lincoln Street over 150 feet away from where he was shot. He sat down on a table with his back to the wall and asked Mr. Anderson to send for a doctor. Officer McCauley gave chase to the lone bandit southbound on Lincoln. He eventually lost sight of him in a vacant lot. He then went to a Patrol Box and summoned help from the Hinman Street Station. Unbeknownst to Officer McCauley help had already been summoned from the Patrol Box at 21st and Robey Streets reporting the robbery. A patrol wagon was dispatched accompanied by Lieutenant Ptacek. While enroute the wagon observed one of the bandits running down the street, but had no idea that the shooting had occurred and no attempt was made to stop the man. The wagon arrived at Borrmann’s and was informed of the direction in which the robbers had fled. They hastened down 21st Street where they met Officer McCauley who informed them of the shooting. The wagon then rushed to Anderson’s saloon where the located Officer Wallner who was rapidly growing weak from his wound. They rushed him to Cook County Hospital where he died from his wounds at 8:56 p.m. the same day. Officer McCauley was also taken to Cook County Hospital where he was treated and released.
On January 19, 1899, Charles Peterson, Fred Jones, Thomas McFadden, Edward Lally, and Albert Stiles were arrested and held by the Coroner's Jury. Frank Senoni was also later arrested and held as an accessory. On June 24, 1899, Edward Lally, Frederick Jones, Michael McFadden and Charles Peterson were all sentenced to the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Stein. One was sentenced to life, two were sentenced to 25 years, and one was sentenced to 14 years. A 5th suspect was acquitted.
Officer Wallner was laid to rest in St. Boniface Cemetery, 4901 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Edward J. Wallner, born in 1870, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 13, 1891.
Officer Wallner was survived by his wife and brother, John (CPD). His brother was a Desk Sergeant at the Desplaines Street Station and his father, Simon Wallner, was the former Alderman of the 10th Ward.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #2619.