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Patrolman John W. Quirk | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


John W. Quirk

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, January 13, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # 9866

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: In Custody

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Patrolman John W. Quirk was shot three times by two gunman at Cleveland and Wisconsin Streets. He died at the scene.

Officer Quirk was off duty on his first date with a young woman. One of their first stops that evening included a tour of the Shakespeare Avenue Station, 2131 N. California where he was assigned. Their second stop was a restaurant at 3801 W. Fullerton where they had a chance meeting with his partner and visited for some time.

The officer was driving the young woman home and pulled in front of the Towne Home Girls’ Residence, 22 East Banks at approximately 2:30 a.m. The moment the vehicle came to a stop, two men jumped into the back of the car from each side with guns drawn. Officer Quirk was forced to drive in the area of the north side. At Wisconsin and Willow, he crashed his vehicle into a street lamp. While drawing his service revolver, he fired into the rear of the vehicle. Policeman Quirk used his body to shield his companion from the bullets as the shooting started. He was mortally wounded in the exchange. The young woman was able to identify the assailants.

After a city wide manhunt, one gunman was immediately arrested. The second surrendered to the FBI and was turned over to Chicago Police Department homicide division.

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Officer Quirk, I was born September of 1958. I read your story and consider your actions on behalf of your date heroic. You are deeply respected and I honor your memory. Semper Fi sir.

Captain Mike McAllister
Washington State Firefighter
January 13, 2017


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