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Patrolman J. Edward Whittlesey | Macomb Police Department, Illinois Macomb Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

J. Edward Whittlesey

Macomb Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, November 29, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Edward Whittlesey, Patrolman Albert Links and Patrolman Ernest Bowman were shot and killed by a suspect who was being taken into custody.

The three officers had just pulled up to the police department when the man pulled out a nine-shot, .32-caliber pistol and opened fire, striking all three officers multiple times. He then exchanged shots with a fourth officer who came out of the department. The man fled in the police car with Patrolman Bowman still in the back seat. Although he was mortally wounded, he was able to draw his service weapon and shoot the suspect five times, killing him.

Patrolman Bowman died the following day from his injuries and Patrolman Links died two days later from his injuries.

Patrolman Whittlesey had served with the Macomb Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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Patrolman Ernest E. Bowman
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End of Watch: Sunday, November 30, 1930
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Officer Whittlesey's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-2-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
March 2, 2017

 

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