Patrolman Osbourne Sims

Patrolman Osbourne Sims

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1956

Osbourne Sims

Patrolman Osbourne Sims was killed by a gunman at 1445 W. Lexington. He and his partner were investigating a burglary at 1337 W. Flournoy when they noticed a suspicious person duck into an areaway. The officers split up to enter the building from opposite directions in an attempt to trap the suspect. Patrolman Sims was shot in the chest and died at the scene. His partner radioed for help and several backup officers responded within minutes.

The gunman was spotted crouching in the basement of the building. Tear gas bombs were shot into the cellar, followed by 60 rounds of bullets. The gunman was ordered to surrender and answered with a number of shots fired in chorus. Detective marksmen brought the killer down.

Patrolman Sims was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4848

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Killed

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My thoughts are with your family, of whom you would be very proud, as they go through this season without your physical presence.
Mrs. Ward-Curtis

Friend of Mr. O.K. Sims III

December 5, 2014

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