Detective Ellwood S. Egan, Sr.

Detective Ellwood S. Egan, Sr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 3, 1944

Ellwood S. Egan, Sr.

Detective Ellwood S. Egan was accidentally shot and killed by another patrolman who mistook him for a suspect.

Detective Egan and his partner observed a squad car turn into an alley on Avers Avenue. The detectives went to the location to assist the patrolmen who were unaware of the detectives' presence.

The detectives observed two subjects run from a nearby parking garage and fired warning shots at them. The patrolmen, hearing the shots thought someone was firing at them and returned fire. One of the shots struck Detective Egan in the groin. He was transported to St. Anne's Hospital where he died.

The two offenders who were seen running from the scene were arrested and charged with burglary.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th anniversary year 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 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

September 7, 2013

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