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Patrol Officer Steven Mitchell | University of Chicago Police Department, Illinois University of Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Steven Mitchell

University of Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, August 13, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1226

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 8/12/1983

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Found not guilty

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

The officers 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, while his partner checked the rear of the location. The occupant responded to Officer Mitchell's knock and when he was asked to step outside, 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 who gained control of his service revolver. As Officer Mitchell fled toward his partner's location at the rear of the house, he heard shots being fired behind him and ran in the direction of the shots to find his partner seriously wounded. Officer Mitchell reloaded his partner's weapon and went in search of the suspect. 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.

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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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