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Patrolman Elmer R. Ostling | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Elmer R. Ostling

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1189

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 199 years

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Patrolman Ostling and Patrolman John Skopek were shot and killed when they made a traffic stop of a speeding car on Washington Boulevard. Unbeknownst to both officers, the vehicle they had stopped had been stolen 3 weeks earlier and was being used in the commission of crimes.

Both officers approached the car on the passenger side and asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. The men stepped out and immediately produced revolvers and opened fire. Both officers were shot several times and were only able to return fire one time each. Patrolman Skopek was killed instantly. Patrolman Ostling was taken Franklin Boulevard Hospital where he died a short time later.

The identity of the suspects remained a mystery until October 10, 1937, when a captured escapee from the Illinois Penitentiary confessed to the murders. He named two accomplices, one who escaped with him who was shot and killed during the capture. The other suspect was apprehended and also confessed to the murders. Both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to 199 years in prison.

Patrolman Ostling was survived by his wife.

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Patrolman John Skopek
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

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I am the great grand daughter in-law of Patrolman Elmer Ostling. I keep his memory and story alive and honored in our home with his photos. Patrolman Ostling's only daughter was a child when he was murdered. His untimely death left them with a great struggle and left a wound on their hearts all their days. His daughter carried the original newspaper report of the crime, with her, in her wallet until the day she died. These fine men who serve have families, are loved, yet sacrifice their lives for our safety. They deserve our utmost respect and we should never forget that. They are everyday hero's.
Our family thanks you for your kind words regarding Mr. Ostling . Peace be with you.

Julie Fischer
Great grand daughter in-law of Patrolman Elmer Ostling
May 18, 2015


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