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Patrolman Edgar J. Chatterton | Berwyn Police Department, Illinois Berwyn Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Edgar J. Chatterton

Berwyn Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 228

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Edgar Chatterton and Sergeant Frank Svec were shot and killed by a man they attempted to serve a warrant on for truancy as he had refused to send his two children to school because he opposed vaccination.

As the two officers stood on the front porch of the home, the suspect fired several times through his glass front door.

The suspect was captured a few minutes later and stated he thought the two officers were burglars, but was convicted of Sergeant Svec's murder and sentenced to life in prison on August 2, 1933. On October 18, 1934, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed and remanded the conviction and sentence stating there was reasonable doubt.

Patrolman Chatterton had served with the Berwyn Police Department for one year. He was survived by his mother.

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Sergeant Frank Svec
Berwyn Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Chatterton's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 5-26-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
May 26, 2016

 

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