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


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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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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