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Patrolman Michael Shaughnessy | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Michael Shaughnessy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, May 22, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1475

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 5/21/1904

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Patrolman Michael Shaughnessy was killed during an escape attempt.

Patrolman Shaughnessy was one of three officers attacked by a mob attempting to free a prisoner at 493 Canal Street. One of the officers was knocked down, beaten and cut with a knife. This officer drew his service revolver and fired at his assailants. Officer Shaughnessy was mortally wounded by the bullet.

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I am travelling in the US with my family on a 6 week holiday. We stopped off for one night in Chicago and walked around this fantastic city. It was then that I remembered my grandfather telling me about his uncle who had left Ireland and become a Chicago Police Officer, and that he was shot and killed while on duty. My son, Archie O'Shaughnessy, found his name on this site and I felt bound to leave a message. God rest his soul.

IAN THOMAS
He was my great great uncle.
August 8, 2016

 

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