Patrolman Patrick Durkin

Patrolman Patrick Durkin

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, May 2, 1931

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Patrick Durkin

Officer Patrick Durkin was shot and mortally wounded and Officer Anthony L. Ruthy was killed by a man they attempted to arrest at the Chicago Public Library on Michigan Street. The man, wanted for a bank robbery in Neponset eight days earlier, had gone to the library to meet his wife who helped police set up a trap for him. When he saw Officers Ruthy and Durkin along with two other officers approaching him he produced a pistol and opened fire. In an exchange of gunfire three officers were hit. The suspect ran up Randolph Street; was tackled by a store clerk; and arrested by police. Officer Ruthy died minutes later. Officer Durkin died at a local hospital two days later.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Ruthy's and Officer Durkin's murder on May 29, 1931. He was executed in the electric chair on October 16, 1931.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1549

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 30, 1931
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1931

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Your heroism and service is honored today on the 81rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 2, 2012

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