Patrolman William E. Hennessy

Patrolman William E. Hennessy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 23, 1920

William E. Hennessy

Officer William Hennessy and his partner were assigned to check on the conduct of patrons in a nightclub. When they arrived, an altercation ensued in which Officer Hennessy's partner was attacked by an offender. When Officer Hennessy rushed to his partner's aid, the offender began to fire a gun. Both Officer Hennessy and his partner, Officer James Mulcahy were fatally wounded.

Two men were arrested and held by the coroner. Both men were indicted in August, 1920; On October 20, 1921, both were acquitted.

One of the suspects died in a horse riding accident in 1923 and the other suspect died in 1939.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 2461

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Officer Hennessy's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-21-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

July 24, 2018

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