Police Officer Harl G. Meister

Police Officer Harl G. Meister

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, December 23, 1974

Harl G. Meister

Officer Harl G. Meister, was shot to death in a robbery attempt at 5601 South Cicero Avenue. His 8-year old son was shot in the jaw and shoulder during the attack.

Officer Meister was able to draw his revolver and fire before he was killed. One 16-year old suspect was apprehended a block from the shooting scene, and another suspect was taken into custody three hours later.

Officer Meister was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Officer Meister had been assigned to the Marquette District for his six and a half year tenure on the force. He was awarded several honorable mentions during his career and also spent six months assigned to the department’s Special Operations Group.

Officer Harl G. Meister is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 10054

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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I grew up across the street from the Meisters. I was 9 when he died and was friends with Harry, his son. Everyone in the neighborhood had a very sad Christmas that year. He died on 12/23. I remember him very will. He was a cool guy. Always joking around and picking on us, but all in fun. We used to shoot pool in Harry's basement. I even stuck up for him in a fight one time back in the day. What a tragedy.

Andy Dowiarz

April 19, 2016

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