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Lieutenant Herman W. Ziebell | Forest Park Police Department, Illinois Forest Park Police Department, Illinois

Lieutenant

Herman W. Ziebell

Forest Park Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, September 30, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1947

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Lieutenant Herman Ziebell was shot and killed behind a service station at the intersection of Des Plaines Avenue and Roosevelt Road when he and his partner interrupted a burglary in progress. The two suspects escaped as Lieutenant Ziebell's partner transported him to Oak Park Hospital.

One of the suspects was arrested three weeks later and the other was arrested in New York three months later. Both suspects were convicted of murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to 199 years and the other was sentenced to death. On June 20, 1947, he was executed by electrocution at the Cook County Jail.

Lieutenant Ziebell had served with the Forest Park Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Lieutenant Ziebell's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 12-13-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
December 13, 2016

 

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