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Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Joseph F. Ferguson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, December 27, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # 6892

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Life sentence

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Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson was shot and killed while questioning three suspicious men.

Patrolman Ferguson and his partner stopped three men because they saw a bulge under one of the men's coat. One of the men convinced them that he was not with the remaining two suspects and was allowed to leave. A gun was found during a search of the others and they were placed under arrest.

During the arrest, the first man returned to the scene with a handgun he obtained at a nearby barbershop. The patrolmen were ordered to drop their weapons and to enter their patrol car with the offenders. Patrolman Ferguson’s partner drew his backup weapon and a gun battle ensued. Patrolman Ferguson was struck four times; he succumbed to his wounds. His partner suffered minor shrapnel wounds.

Patrolman Ferguson is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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It has been another year with out you in all of our lives this is the hardest time of year for me even if I try to forget.
I saw your sisters this year and your brother a few times this year in march or April they all came to visit I don't know if grandma and Grand pa mom and dad had anything to do with me but for a time all came to say good by to me the doctors said I was not going to make it but by some divine act I came out of the coma but for me its how much each prayed for both of us I just wish that you had live

December 23, 2015


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