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Detective Sergeant Joseph H. Urban | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective Sergeant

Joseph H. Urban

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, December 6, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 518

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 12/1/1917

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Detective Sergeant Joseph Urban was accidentially shot by another officer while investigating a burglary.

While investigating burglaries in the community, Sgt. Joseph Urban entered a closed store in the neighborhood. At this time, a nearby patrolman walking his beat observed Sergeant Urban inside the store and mistook him for a burglar. In the confusion the patrolman fired a shot, striking Sergeant Urban.

Sergeant Urban was taken to a hospital, where he died five days later.

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This was my great-great uncle and I just learned of this! How tragic this must have been for my aunt. I'm so proud that he lived his life helping others.

Chere Nicholas
great-great niece
August 31, 2013


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