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Patrolman Edward F. Finnegan | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Edward F. Finnegan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, March 27, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3444

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1926

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Patrolman Edward F. Finnegan was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner.

Officer Finnegan arrested a motorist for speeding. While transporting the violator in the beack seat of his squad car to the district station, the assailant suddenly pulled out a revolver and shot the officer. Officer Finnegan was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

The 19 year-old suspect was convicted of murder and hanged at the Cook County Jail on October 29, 1926.

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My great uncle was a Chicago Park Police District Police Officer. My father was a Chief of Police. I'm a retired San Francisco Police Officer. I understand the sacrifice Officer Finnegan made. I learned of his murder after moving back home to Chicago. He died at the hands of my great grandmother's nephew Richard Evans who was hung for his crime. God bless Edward, his family and his brother and sister officers.

Retired Officer Gerald Schmidt
San Francisco Police Department
July 25, 2013

 

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