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Patrolman William P. Bosak | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

William P. Bosak

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, March 3, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3319

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Death sentence commuted

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Patrolman William P. Bosak and Patrolman Roger Van Schaik were shot killed in an ambush attack. Officers Bosak and Van Schaik were returning to their squad car when a motorist traveling in the opposite direction stopped along side them. Without warning, the assailant began firing at the officers.

The killer was apprehended, convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. On January 10, 2003, outgoing Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of all 167 Illinois death-row inmates, including the death sentence of Officer Bosak's murderer, as his last act in office.

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End of Watch: Saturday, March 3, 1979
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The death sentence of you and your friend's killer were commuted by Ryan apparently because of the disturbingly high amount of exonerations in the state.

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