Patrol Officer Steven Mitchell

Patrol Officer Steven Mitchell

University of Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, August 13, 1983

Steven Mitchell

Patrol Officer Steven Mitchell died the following day after being stabbed to death when he and his partner responded to a suspicious person call.

He and his partner briefly spoke with the complainant to obtain a description of the prowler and began a search. Officer Mitchell knocked at the front door to a house at 1501 East 56th Street, while his partner checked the rear of the location. The occupant responded to Officer Mitchell's knock and stepped outside to talk to Officer Mitchell. He turned toward the street, taking a 14-inch kitchen knife from his waistband, and attacked Officer Mitchell from the rear.

Officer Mitchell, although mortally wounded, continued to struggle with the suspect. The man was able to gain control of Officer Mitchell's service weapon and use it to shoot his partner.

Despite his wounds, Officer Mitchell continued to search for the suspect after retrieving his partner's service weapon. The suspect was apprehended, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Officer Mitchell died the following day of his wounds.

Officer Mitchell had served with the University of Chicago Police Department for five years. He was survived by his son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1226

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Friday, August 12, 1983
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Acquitted

EDP, suspicious person

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It is now 34 years. Brother, you may mesh into the myriad of Brothers and Sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but know full well, we mourn each and every one of you. And never forget, our little community of CAMPUS COPS especially never truly forgets our own. So many have lost their lives while working at one of the 'SAFEST' jobs in law enforcement.

I never met you, but I wish I had.

God Bless and please, continue to Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 13, 2017

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