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Patrol Officer Frank Cichella | Rockford Police Department, Illinois Rockford Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Frank Cichella

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, February 25, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 29

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/24/1927

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Frank Cichella died the following day after being shot while off duty and walking home.

Officer Cichella observed a vehicle running without its headlights on and approached the driver to advise him that he was in violation of the headlight ordinance. Officer Cichella and the suspect began arguing before the suspect went into his home and returned with a handgun, when a gunbattle ensued. Officer Cichella was shot five times, but was able to return fire, striking the suspect three times. Both Officer Cichella and the suspect died the following day from their injuries.

Officer Cichella had served with the Rockford Police Department for 1½ years.

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Rest in Peace, Officer Cichella. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 29, 2013


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