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Patrolman S. Wellington McArthur | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


S. Wellington McArthur

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, June 29, 1877

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 6/15/1877

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years

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Patrolman Spencer McArthur succumbed to a stab wound sustained two weeks earlier as he and his partner attempted to arrest two drunken sailors near the Lake Street Bridge.

The officers observed the men walk into a nearby lumberyard and then heard one of them yell that he had been stabbed. The officers ran into the lumber yard and each grabbed one of the suspects. The suspect Patrolman McArthur grabbed immediately stabbed him in the stomach and fled. The suspect was arrested by detectives approximately 3 hours later.

Patrolman McArthur and the prisoner were taken back to the West Madison Street Station where he remained for several days before being taken to his home.

Patrolman McArthur had only served with the agency for 1 month and had previously served as an officer in White Hall, New York. He was survived by his expectant wife and child.

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Patrolman McArthur,
On today, the 139th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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June 29, 2016


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