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Sergeant William T. Shanley | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant

William T. Shanley

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, December 14, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 760

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/14/1933

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Suspect: Murdered

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Sergeant William Shanley was shot and killed while investigating reports of a suspicious man who had dropped off a suspicious vehicle at a repair shop on North Broadway Boulevard.

Sergeant Shanley's partner went to a nearby call box to report their location as Sergeant Shanley entered the garage. The garage owner informed him the man would be back at 4:30 pm. When the man returned with a female companion Sergeant Shanley confronted him and asked to see his driver's license. The man reached into his overcoat, produced a revolver, and fatally shot Sergeant Shanley.

The suspect, John Hamilton, was a member of the notorious Dillinger Gang. He was later found murdered in Wisconsin.

Sergeant Shanley had served with the Chicago Police Department for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters. He is buried in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois.

Led by John Dillinger, the Dillinger Gang was a notorious group of Midwest bank robbers. Associates of the gang were responsible for the fatal shootings of 13 law enforcement officers in 1933 and 1934.

Two infamous members of the gang, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, were shot and killed by law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

The other gang members were either murdered by criminals, shot and killed by law enforcement officers, executed for their crimes, or sentenced to time in prison.

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It has been 79 years since your ultimate sacrifice but the CPD will never forget your heroic actions that day. Thank you for your service.

Detective Thomas Downes
Chicago
December 15, 2012

 

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