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

Patrolman

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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I was shocked to see Officer Olsen's picture - looks almost exactly like my dad. He had talked about Officer Olsen several times, Dad being a nephew. You are one of the reasons Dad became an Officer, and several other family members followed the tradition.
You may be gone but NOT forgotten. You are a hero, I wanted to pay my respects.

Carolyn Wyberg
July 24, 2016

 

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