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Patrolman Luke J. Fitzpatrick | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Luke J. Fitzpatrick

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, November 19, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1084

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released in 1947

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Patrolman Luke J. Fitzpatrick was shot and mortally wounded by a man wanted for blowing a safe at a grocery store in Hammond, Indiana.

Officer Fitzpatrick was approached by a train conductor at 63rd Street and Madison Avenue who identified the suspect who was with another man in the elevated train station. As Officer Fitzpatrick approached the men the suspect drew a weapon and shot him four times. Another officer who heard the shots ran to the seen and shot the suspect in the back as he tried to escape. Patrolman Fitzpatrick died three hours later.

The suspect had served time in five different prisons for several robberies, thefts, burglaries, and safe cracking. He was convicted of Patrolman Fitzpatrick's murder and sentenced to life in prison on May 2, 1907.

On January 4, 1947, the suspect was released from prison. The judge who ordered his release stated that his constitutional right to have a speedy trial had been violated because more than four terms of court passed before he was tried for Patrolman Fitzpatrick's murder.

Patrolman Fitzpatrick was survived by his parents and siblings.

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Patolman Fitzpatrick today marks 107 years since your line of duty death. You are remembered today and always brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.
November 19, 2013

 

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