Sergeant James L. Severin

Sergeant James L. Severin

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, July 17, 1970

James L. Severin

Sergeant James L. Severin and Patrolman Tony Rizzato 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 Seward Park baseball field, the assailants opened fire from an apartment window. Both officers were mortally wounded in the attack.

The purpose of the shooting was to seal a pact between two rival gangs. Three adults and one juvenile were later apprehended and charged with murder. The two shooters were convicted of murder and sentenced to 100 to 199 years in prison.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1319

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender 100-199 years in prison

ambush, gang member, juvenile offender, sniper

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We recently had another parole hearing for one of the men convicted of killing my Uncle Jim. Parole and denied and for the first time we received a 5 year set meaning we won't have to deal with this until the year 2022. The Severin Family is absolutely thrilled with the Illinois Parole Boards decision to protect the family.

Jeanne Cabel
Niece of Sgt. Jim Severin

June 29, 2017

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