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Police Officer Carl Besalki | Decatur Police Department, Illinois Decatur Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Carl Besalki

Decatur Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, August 12, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/8/1912

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Carl Besalki succumbed to a gunshot wound suffered four days earlier while investigating suspicious activity at the Wabash Railroad depot near Cerro Gordo Street.

While on patrol he heard voices coming from an open boxcar. As he entered the boxcar to investigate, one of the men opened fire with a .32-caliber revolver, striking Officer Besalki in the abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds. Before dying, Officer Besalki was able to identify the shooter who was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Besalki had served with the Decatur Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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Officer Besalki's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-13-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
October 14, 2016


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