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Patrolman Patrick E. O'Malley | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Patrick E. O'Malley

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 30, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1346

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/21/1938

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed, one executed

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Officer Patrick O'Malley was shot and mortally wounded during an armed robbery. Officer O'Malley observed four armed offenders enter a lounge on North Clark Street and announce a robbery. In a gun fight that resulted Officer O'Malley was hit three times, but was able to kill one suspect and wound another. The other two suspects escaped. Officer O'Malley succumbed to his wounds nine days later.

The other two suspects were eventually apprehended, convicted of Officer O'Malley's murder, and sentenced to prison. One was released March 8, 1960, when he was granted a new trial. The district attorney said there was not enough evidence to prosecute him. The shooter was executed in 1940.

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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 75th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 21, 2013

 

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