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Detective James Shea | Evanston Police Department, Illinois Evanston Police Department, Illinois


James Shea

Evanston Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, February 25, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 7 years, 6 months

Badge # 112

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released in 1935

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Detective James Shea was shot and killed after responding to a store where a man was attempting to pass a bad check.

While in the store Detective Shea, another officer and the store owner questioned the man. At the moment when it was determined the man was being dishonest, he pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking Detective Shea in the chest three times. The other officer returned fire, striking the suspect three times as well.

The man was found guilty and sent to prison and two mental institutions but was released in 1935.

Detective Shea had served with the Evanston Police Department for 7½ years. He was survived by his parents who lived in Ireland and whose support he provided for.

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Detective Shea's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 12-03-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
December 3, 2016


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