Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 1226
Incident Date: 8/12/1983
Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife
Offender: Found not guilty
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.