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Police Officer Brian Timothy Strouse | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Brian Timothy Strouse

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, June 30, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 15806

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Brian Strouse, of the Monroe District, was shot and killed while conducting a surveillance of gang activity near West 18th Place and South Loomis.

Officer Strouse was working as a plainclothes tactical officer. At approximately 2 a.m., he went into an alley and shots began to ring out. Wearing a bulletproof vest and a police badge on his utility belt, Strouse yelled out, "Police, drop your gun.” Five more shots continued until a fatal bullet struck Officer Strouse.

The other two officers ran toward the sound of the gunshots where they found Officer Strouse laying on the ground. He had been shot once in the chest and once in the head. The shot to the chest had been stopped by his vest. Officer Strouse was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately seven hours later.

On September 17th, 2003, the gunman was convicted of first degree murder and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Strouse was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Chicago Police Department for six years. During his career, he received 61 commendations and a life-saving award. He is survived by his parents and three sisters, one of whom is also a Chicago Police Officer.

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After 15 years Chicago still remembers that heroic night. God bless you Brian. You are gone but not forgotten. Two scholarships announced in you memory today.

Cpt. Frank Spizzirri
July 1, 2016


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