Patrolman William P. Bosak

Patrolman William P. Bosak

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 3, 1979

William P. Bosak

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.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3319

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence commuted

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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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