Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 16, 1970

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James Alfano, Jr.

Patrolman James Alfano was shot and killed while investigating a report of a gang fight that was about to take place.

He was driving through an alley, between 66th Place and 67th Street near Stony Island Avenue, but was blocked by an obstruction in the roadway. As his vehicle was stopped a sniper opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. Two suspects were later taken into custody.

Patrolman Alfano was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Chicago Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Gang Investigation Section. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 4707
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 14, 1970
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

gang member, sniper

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I hope I am not intruding on your privacy by writing to you. I know it might seem strange, but this has been with me for most of my life.
I met your dad when I was 9 years old. I wanted to learn how to speak Italian and my dad’s best friend was a detective for the Chicago Police Department and mentioned that to your dad. One night my dad’s friend brought your dad by our home and introduced him to me. He taught me a few words and came back over a few more times and taught me a few more words. Being just 9, I was so impressed and in awe of this policeman taking time out for me.
I remember one day my dad told me your dad had gotten shot in that alley. I prayed all day for him. Then my dad gave me the very sad news about your dad’s passing. I remember like it was yesterday being one of the worst days for me. Being 9 years old I really couldn’t understand the reason why this happened. I have wondered over the years about his family. I wanted you and your family to know I think of him often. I can’t imagine what you and your family have gone through without him. I do want you to know he left a lasting impression on me. I am now 58 years old today. For some reason I looked your dad up on Google today and saw your posting so I thought I would leave you this message.

diane hood

September 22, 2018

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