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Patrolman Patrick Melia | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Patrick Melia

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 27, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2243

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed Suicide

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Patrolman Patrick Melia was shot and killled during a burglary of a rail yard.

Officer Melia was patrolling a railroad yard in the early morning hours when he encountered offenders stealing merchandise from train cars. One of the assailants raised a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun from under his coat and fired, striking Officer Melia. Officer Melia died at the scene.

Officer Melia's murderer committed suicide in a cell at the stockyards station. He did confess to firing a volley of buckshot into the heart of Officer Melia.

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Patrick was my great uncle, my grandmother had brought her little brother over from Galway Ireland to America. I saw this photo for the 1st time today and I am struck by how much my 1st cousin looks so much like him. I can only try to imagine the pain my grandmother felt. God bless his soul. I am sorry that I never knew him.

Kathleen Margaret Rooney
Great Neice
August 10, 2015

 

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