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Detective Patrick H. Owens | Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Detective

Patrick H. Owens

Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, August 24, 1894

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Both sentenced to life

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Detective Patrick Owens was aboard a northbound freight train when it paused at about 10:00 pm at Deerfield station, in Lake County, Illinois, to take water. While the train was stopped, two robbers boarded the train by the caboose. The robbers had taken a watch from the conductor when Detective Owens entered the caboose. Both robbers shot and killed Detective Owens when he refused to surrender.

The suspects were found hiding in the coal car while the train was stopped at Mayfair early the following morning. They shot and wounded another officer as they made their escape from the train. The suspects remained at large for six hours, until a large posse of police officers and citizens caught up and a shootout ensued. Both suspects were wounded before they surrendered to police and were later sentenced to life in prison.

Detective Owens had served with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department for one year after retiring from the Chicago Police Department with 20 years of service. He was survived by his wife.

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Rest In Peace Railroad Police Detective Patrick H. Owens. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.

Amen.

B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 20, 2016

 

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