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Patrolman Roger W. Van Schaik | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Roger W. Van Schaik

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, March 3, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # 14299

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Death sentence commuted

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Patrolman Roger W. Van Schaik and his partner Officer William Bosak were shot killed in an ambush attack. Officers Van Schaik and Bosak were returning to their squad car when a motorist traveling in the opposite direction stopped along side them. Without warning, the assailant began firing at the officers.

The killer was apprehended, convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. On January 10, 2003, outgoing Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of all 167 Illinois death-row inmates, including the death sentence of Officer Van Schaik's murderer, as his last act in office.

Patrolman Van Schaik was survived by his wife and three children.

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Patrolman William P. Bosak
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, March 3, 1979
Cause: Gunfire

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Dad – Today is a painful reminder of your absence in our lives for the past 37 years. You will forever be a hero and will never be forgotten! We miss you every day.

Deanna Pegoraro
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March 3, 2016

 

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