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

Patrolman

Michael Sheehan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, May 9, 1886

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/4/1886

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Four executed

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Officer Michael Sheehan succumbed to wounds received five days earlier during the Haymarket Square riot.

Officer Michael Sheehan arrived with several other officers to disperse a protest meeting near Haymarket Square. On May 4, 1886 a bomb was thrown at the officers from an alley. The explosion was followed by an intense gun battle. Officer Sheehan sustained two serious gunshot wounds. He died five days later. Officer Sheehan was the fifth of eight officers to die the historic Haymarket Tragedy.

Eight men were arrested and charged with murder. Seven were sentenced to death and the other one got 15 years. On November 11, 1887, four were executed by hanging. The day before one killed himself by exploding a dynamite cap in his mouth. The other three were pardoned by Governor Altgeld in 1893.

Officer Sheehan served with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his parents and brother.

Eight police officers were killed during the Haymarket Riot labor dispute. The officers were at the scene of a civil disorder when the rioters opened fire and threw a bomb into the crowd. Eight police officers suffered fatal wounds and 70 other people were injured by the gunfire and explosion.

The officers who were killed included Patrolman Mathias Degan, Patrolman John Barrett, Patrolman George Miller, Patrolman Timothy Flavin, Patrolman Thomas Redden, Patrolman Nels Hansen and Patrolman Michael Sheehan. Patrolman Timothy Sullivan succumbed to his wounds two years later, on June 13, 1888.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Patrolman Mathias J. Degan
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 4, 1886
Cause: Bomb

Patrolman George Miller
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Thursday, May 6, 1886
Cause: Bomb

Patrolman John J. Barrett
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Thursday, May 6, 1886
Cause: Bomb

Patrolman Timothy Flavin
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, May 8, 1886
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Thomas Redden
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, May 17, 1886
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Nels Hansen
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, June 14, 1886
Cause: Bomb

Patrolman Timothy Sullivan
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 13, 1888
Cause: Gunfire

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Patrolman Sheehan,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol
May 9, 2016

 

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