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Patrolman Harold F. Olsen | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Harold F. Olsen

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, June 13, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years, 8 months

Badge # 2911

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: One shot and killed; Two apprehended

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Patrolman Harold Olsen and Patrolman Charles Walsh were shot and killed while chasing three mobsters who had just attempted to assassinate one of their rivals. The car carrying the assailants crashed in the 5900 block of South Western Avenue. As the three men exited the car, they opened fire on the officers with shotguns.

Patrolmen Olsen and Walsh were fatally wounded and a third patrolman was seriously wounded. A fourth officer returned fire, killing one of the killers. The officer also chased and apprehended the remaining two gunmen.

The two gunmen were acquitted by a jury but later murdered by Al Capone in 1929. The two men were hitmen for Al Capone when they murdered Patrolman Olsen and Patrolman Walsh.

Patrolman Olsen had served with the Chicago Police Department for almost three years and was assigned to the Detective Division Ford Squad 8 C. He was survived by his mother and five brothers.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 19, 2012


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