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Patrolman Michael W. O'Brien | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Michael W. O'Brien

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 11, 1885

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 11 months

Badge # 389

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: committed suicide

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Officer Michael O'Brien was shot and killed by a shoemaker at 195 West Adams Street. Officer O'Brien heard gunfire coming from his shop and proceeded inside to investigate. He discovered the distraught shoemaker fireing his pistol at the floor. Upon seeing the officer, he placed the gun against the officer's chest and fired killing Officer O'Brien instantly. The shoemaker then shot and killed himself.

Officer Michael O'Brien served the agency for 11 months; he was survived by his fiancée.

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On this day in 1885, my great grandfather's 22-year-old brother was walking his beat as a rookie patrolman when he heard shots fired. He bravely ran toward the gunfire to investigate and protect others in the area. That call to duty ultimately cost him his life. 128 years ago today, a very young police officer lay dying on the corner of Adams and Halsted. He was not killed instantly, for he was able to get to an alarm box back out on the street before he collapsed, per the Tribune account. After a priest and doctor were summoned to the scene, he was reportedly taken to his parent's home where he died about an hour after being shot. Today is his day of remembrance. Rest in peace, Uncle Mike. You are not forgotten.

Robert Falardeau
Great grand-nephew
November 11, 2013


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