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Police Officer Maurice Leahy, Jr. | Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Police Officer

Maurice Leahy, Jr.

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, July 29, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Incident Date: 7/26/1921

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: One shot and killed

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Officer Maurice Leahy succumbed to wounds suffered three days earlier after being involved in a gunbattle with two freight car thieves in Highland Park, Illinois.

Officer Leahy walked in on freight car burglars and was shot once by one suspect. Officer Leahy, having been under fire before, did not fall. He charged at the two suspects and was struck on the head with the butt of a revolver, but again did not fall. Officer Leahy was able to fire five times, killing one suspect. The other suspect was later captured by police. Officer Leahy died three days later of complications from the bullet wound.

Officer Leahy served as a soldier during World War I in the American Expeditionary Force. He was survived by his wife.

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