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Patrolman Samuel M. Black | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Samuel M. Black

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, December 16, 1944

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 1121

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolmen Samuel M. Black and Patrolman Ezra Caldwell were shot and killed when they responded to a domestic disturbance.

The suspect had just shot and killed his wife as the two officers arrived on the scene. He shot Patrolman Black in the face and killed him as he entered the apartment. The suspect then fled downstairs and exchanged shots with Patrolman Caldwell. The assailant was shot three times and wounded, and Patrolman Caldwell was fatally wounded when the officer slipped and fell as he tried to take cover. The suspect was shot three more times by other responding officers but recovered to stand trial, and was executed in October of 1945.

Patrolman Black was assigned to the South Wabash Avenue Station (modern day District 2). He served with the Chicago Police Department for 27 years.

Patrolman Black is survived by his wife.

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Patrolman Ezra Caldwell
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, December 16, 1944
Cause: Gunfire

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It has been 68 years since you and your partner made the ultimate sacrifice, but please know the CPD will never forget. Thank you for your service.

Detective Thomas Downes
Chicago
September 16, 2012

 

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