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Chief of Police Daniel Law | Harrisburg Police Department, Illinois Harrisburg Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police

Daniel Law

Harrisburg Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, July 1, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/30/1932

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Chief of Police Daniel Law and Illinois State Trooper Grady Sutton were shot and killed while escorting three suspects in a stolen car to jail.

The officers had stopped the vehicle at Poplar and Vine streets and directed the driver to the Harrisburg City Hall for questioning while Trooper Sutton stood on the left running board and Chief Law on the right running board of the vehicle. As the vehicle approached city hall, the driver stepped on the accelerator and the men drew weapons, opening fire on the officers. Trooper Sutton was struck in the chest and fell to the street near city hall. Before being shot in the head and body, Chief Law was able to cling to the vehicle for four blocks, exchanging gunfire with the suspects and killing one of them until finally dropping from the vehicle.

Trooper Sutton died from his wounds following surgery shortly after midnight. The suspect killed by Chief Law was found in the abandoned vehicle 10 miles north of Harrisburg. The other two fugitives were later captured in Virginia and extradited to Illinois for trial where they both received life sentences.

Chief Law had served with the Harrisburg Police Department for four years. Chief Law and Trooper Sutton were buried in adjoining plots in Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg. He was survived by his wife.

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Trooper James Grady Sutton
Illinois State Police, Illinois
End of Watch: Thursday, June 30, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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Chief Law's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-14-17 to honor him.

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