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Patrolman William F. Messenger | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

William F. Messenger

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, April 25, 1901

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 71

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/24/1901

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman William F. Messenger was shot and killed by a man whom he had argued with earlier in the day.

The gunman entered the Harrison Street Police Station and told Patrolman Messenger to take back what he had said earlier. When Patrolman Messenger told the man to leave the station, the attacker pulled out a revolver and started shooting, striking Patrolman Messenger in the chest and side.

A second officer, James Scully, returned fire, wounding the gunman and knocking away his weapon as he attempted to commit suicide. The gunman was taken into custody and died of his wounds the following day.

Patrolman Messenger was taken to St. Luke's hospital where he died from his wounds the next day.

Patrolman Messenger was a U.S. Army veteran and had been with the Chicago Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Messanger. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 30, 2012

 

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