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Police Officer Richard M. Francis | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Richard M. Francis

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 5276

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Richard Francis was shot and killed with his service weapon when he struggled with a woman who grabbed his gun and shot him once.

The officer was on routine patrol when he responded to a disturbance around 2 a.m. and approached a woman near the Belmont Area (Area 3) Headquarters at 2452 W. Belmont Avenue.

Back up officers responding to the shooting opened fire on the woman when she threatened them. She was critically wounded.

Officer Francis was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m.

On February 5, 2014, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Francis served with the Chicago Police Department for 27 years and was assigned to the 019 District. He is survived by his wife and two stepdaughters.

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Had the honor of meeting PO Francis at a few fire scenes I was working as a disaster volunteer with the canteen unit for the Chicago Fire Department. He was a great officer, very friendly, and I was shocked to hear of his murder. May he continue to rest in peace and may God place His guiding hand on his family, friends, and his co-workers with the CPD.

Civilian Greg Leeb
Former volunteer with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Canteen
July 2, 2016


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