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Police Officer Michael Anthony Ceriale | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Michael Anthony Ceriale

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, August 21, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # 17429

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/15/1998

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 60 years

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Officer Michael A. Ceriale was working undercover conducting a narcotics surveillance. During the surveillance, Officer Ceriale was spotted by the offenders who entered a nearby apartment building and informed one of the gang's "security guards," a 16-year-old juvenile. The juvenile exited the building and fired once in the officer's direction from about 60 to 70 yards, striking Officer Ceriale in the abdomen, just below his vest.

Officer Ceriale passed away from his injuries six days later.

The suspect who murdered Officer Ceriale was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder.

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Hey Mike, just wanted to let you know that you will always be remembered. You were a fellow classmate at Gordon and teammate on the track team. Less than a year after you were taken from us I became a brother in blue and have always thought of you. Praying for your family and you to have everlasting peace.

Officer Valdez A.
Earlville PD, GT class of 89
December 22, 2014


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