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Patrolman Casper Lauer | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Casper Lauer

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, September 18, 1854

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # A1

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Casper Lauer was stabbed to death while walking a suspect to the station after arresting the intoxicated man for fighting with his parents.

At the intersection of Jackson Street and Edina Place (currently known as Plymouth Court) the suspect began to struggle, produced a knife, and stabbed Patrolman Lauer in the left side with the blade passing between two ribs. Despite the wound Patrolman Lauer was able to strike two heavy blows to the suspect's head with his department-issued cane. The suspect fell to the ground bleeding profusely.

Patrolman Lauer secured the murder weapon and ordered the crowd not to let the suspect escape. After stopping a passing wagon Patrolman Lauer was taken to the nearest drug store where he died shortly thereafter.

The photograph of Patrolman Lauer was taken after his death and is the only known photograph taken of him.

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survived by wife and two children
officer is buried in Saint Boniface Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County Illinois

September 29, 2017


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