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Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Joseph P. Tiernan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, August 24, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3014

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/23/1917

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Executed in 1918

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Officer Joseph Tiernan was shot and killed during a burglary investigation.

While walking his beat, Officer Tiernan observed suspicious activity behind a dry goods store. As Officer Tiernan investigated, he noticed two burglars breaking into the basement of the store. As Officer Tiernan place them under arrest, one of the offenders drew a revolver and began firing. Officer Tiernan was shot three times during the altercation. Officer Tiernan was transported to the hospital where he died the next day.

Officer Tiernan's killer was convicted of his murder and hanged on February 15, 1918.

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I just learned that Officer Joseph Tiernan was my Grand-uncle, a brother of my Grand-father Henry Tiernan. I am so very proud to be part of his family. His memory will live on in generations of Tiernan-Mullans yet to come, where he will be remembered as a hero.
May he rest in peace.
Kate Tiernan Mullan

Kate Tiernan Mullan
September 10, 2013


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