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Special Agent Edwin C. Shanahan | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Edwin C. Shanahan

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, October 11, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Incident Date: 10/11/1925

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Deceased

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Special Agent Edwin Shanahan was shot and killed while attempted to arrest a car thief in Chicago, Illinois. The suspect was also wanted for the attempted murder of four Chicago police officers whom he had shot during previous arrest attempts.

Agent Shanahan and other officers received information that the suspect would be taking a stolen car to a garage. The officers setup a stakeout and observed the suspect enter the garage. As Agent Shanahan, who was alone at the time, attempted to arrest the suspect he was shot by the man with an automatic pistol.

On November 2, 1925, the suspect murdered Sergeant Harry Gray, of the Chicago Police Department, as Sergeant Gray attempted to arrest him. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murders plus 15 years for the auto theft. The suspect was released from prison in 1954 and died in 1981.

Agent Shanahan had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for five years.

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Sergeant Harry J. Gray
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, November 2, 1925
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
October 11, 2010

 

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