Police Officer Richard M. Francis

Police Officer Richard M. Francis

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Richard M. Francis

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.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 5276

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Richard M. Francis will never ever be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may God bless his wife and two daughters.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

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