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Police Officer James E. Doyle | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

James E. Doyle

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, February 5, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 9093

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Death sentence. Commuted

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Patrolman James E. Doyle was shot to death aboard a South Side CTA bus.

The shooting occurred after Officer Doyle and his partner were approached by an individual who stated he had been robbed and that the robber was now on a nearby bus at 79th and Lafayette. The officers boarded the bus and were in the process of removing the suspect for questioning when he shot Officer Doyle in the head. He turned and fired at the second officer, but missed. The second officer returned fire, striking the assailant and preventing his escape.

Officer James Doyle is survived by his mother and a nephew.

The killer was convicted and sentenced to death. On January 10, 2003, the governor at the time, George Ryan commuted his sentence, along with those of all 164 other inmates on death row, to life in prison.

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I have never meet you, but have heard so much. You and my Uncle Mike were best friends for along time, making it home safely though Vietnam together and the stories my grandmother would tell me of the goofy things you all did together. I would just like to say thank you for your service in all aspects. May you rest in peace and enjoy a cold beer with my grandma and grandpa up there.

Samantha Casey
Relative of friend
May 18, 2016


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