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Patrolman Henry L. Peeler | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Henry L. Peeler

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 5, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 11174

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: One killed, 2 in custody

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Patrolman Henry L. Peeler, of the Englewood District, was shot and killed by a gunman who murdered Sergeant Jack Armstrong, of the SOU Railroad Police Department, two months earlier in East St. Louis, Illinois.

After the gunman and three others murdered Sergeant Armstrong, they stole his service weapon, which was used to murder Officer Peeler. Officer Peeler’s parther was shot in the right forearm and left hand.

The incident began when policemen noticed 3 men lying on a lawn in front of an apartment building at 57th and Morgan, holding open liquor containers. As officers approached, one man tried to run and opened fire when Officer Peeler pursued him. He was shot five times but returned fire before he died. Officer Peeler’s partner, who had been questioning the other two, ran to assist and killed the attacker.

Patrolman Peeler was employed with the Chicago Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Sergeant Jack R. Armstrong
Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Thursday, April 25, 1968
Cause: Gunfire

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Patrolman Peeler, your life was taken by the vile scum who took the life of Sgt. Armstrong. Though some might find it wrong, I feel that when your partner ended the life of your murderer, not only was justice served, but that many lives were saved by making this animal null and void.

You are and always will be a true hero. God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
April 25, 2016


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