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Police Officer John W. Kamphouse | Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Police Officer

John W. Kamphouse

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, November 1, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer John Kamphouse was shot and killed by train car thieves in the Proviso yards in Chicago, Illinois.

Officer Kamphouse had left a note for Officer Robert Spielman, brother of Officer Edward Spielman killed in the line of duty on April 9, 1912, that dangerous-looking men had been in the rail yards on his shift. Officer Kamphouse was last seen preparing to make his final rounds before going home, but failed to report for work the following day.

After Officer Kamphouse's wife reported that he had never come home from work the previous evening, a search was begun. An hour later, a railroad employee found Officer Kamphouse dead of a single gunshot wound to the head on the north side of the yard.

Officer Kamphouse had previously served as a marshal in Maywood, Illinois. He was survived by his wife and son. Officer Kamphouse was a brother-in-law of Officer Edward Spielman who was shot and killed less than 200 feet away in the same yards six months earlier.

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Police Officer Edward L. Spielman
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 9, 1912
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
April 9, 2012

 

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