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Sergeant James L. Severin | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant

James L. Severin

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, July 17, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1319

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: 100-199 years in prison

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Sergeant James L. Severin and Officer Anthony N. Rizzato and were shot and killed by gang members while patrolling community housing for an all-volunteer "Walk and Talk" project. As the officers proceeded across the Cabrini-Green baseball field, the assailants opened fire from an apartment window. The purpose of the shooting was to seal a pact between two rival gangs. Both officers were mortally wounded in the attack.

Three adults and one juvenile were later apprehended and charged with murder. The two shooters were sentenced to 100-199 years in prison for two counts of murder. These killers have parole review every three years.

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Patrolman Anthony N. Rizzato
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Friday, July 17, 1970
Cause: Gunfire

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47 years ago…… We are still honoring you Uncle Jim by not missing one parole hearing. We have two more parole hearings in 2017. The Severins will never forget. The Severins will always attend the parole hearings until both offenders die in prison.

Jeanne Severin Cabel
July 17, 2016

 

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