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Police Officer James William Koumoundouros | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

James William Koumoundouros

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 7, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 4514

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentence reduced to life

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Officer James Koumoundouros, while working security at a chicago bank, observed an armed assailant walk in. The gunman immediately pointed his weapon at Officer Koumoundouros. While discreetly pushing the alarm button, Officer Koumoundouros calmly talked to the gunman. He drew his revolver and shot the robber. However, the gunman returned fire, mortally wounding Officer Koumoundouros.

The gunman was convicted and sentenced to death. The governor at the time, George Ryan commuted his sentence, along with those of all 164 other inmates on death row, to life in prison on January 20, 2003.

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