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Patrolman Patrick J. Gallagher | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Patrick J. Gallagher

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 14, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 4966

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Acquitted

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Patrolman Patrick J. Gallagher of the Town Hall station died in the Lake View Hospital from bullet wounds he received while trying to quiet a noisy party in the Windsor-Wilson apartments.

According to fellow officer, Policeman Carl Johnson, the suspect promised to quiet down. As the policemen left, the noise began again and they returned to knock on the door. According to officer Johnson, the suspect opened the door and fired two shots, one striking Gallagher in the abdomen.

The 59 year-old suspect, a retired millionaire grain broker, claimed his pistol went off accidentally. He was tried and acquitted November 21, 1931.

Gallagher once received The Tribune Award for Police Heroes. He is survived by four children.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Gallagher. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 27, 2012

 

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