Police Officer Terrence E. Loftus

Police Officer Terrence E. Loftus

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1976

Terrence E. Loftus

Officer Terrence Loftus was shot and killed when he attempted to intervene in a dispute between two rival gangs.

Officer Loftus was on his way home when he observed a gang fight. A group of gang members were chasing the rival gang member at the corner of Fullerton Avenue and Central Park Avenue. Officer Loftus exited his patrol car and attempted to stop the altercation.

Many members of the rival gang were having a party in a club across the street and when they saw what was happening they all came out of the club. One of them fired a shot that struck Officer Loftus in the spine. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Loftus was a 15 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 5701

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 10, 1976
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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.DEAR OFFICER
THE VOTE TO KEEP YOUR MURDERER BEHIND BARS WAS 12-2.THIS WAS PRETTY INTENSE BUT JUSTICE PREVAILED.
HE WONT BE COMING UP FOR PAROLE FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS. I KNOW THAT YOU WERE THERE WITH US!
GOD BLESS OFFICER LOFTUS AND HIS FAMILY!

P.O. T KUCHARSKI # 11902
CHICAGO POLICE DEPT

November 22, 2013

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