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Sergeant Robert Emmett Moran | Peoria Police Department, Illinois Peoria Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant

Robert Emmett Moran

Peoria Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 15, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/13/1933

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Robert Moran was shot and mortally wounded during a shootout with a man at a barber shop on the corner of Western and Adams streets.

The gunman was Russell Hughes, a member of the ''College Kidnappers Gang,'' led by the notorious gangster Theodore ''Handsome Jack'' Klutas. Their specialty was kidnapping members of organized crime rings and holding them for ransom.

Sergeant Moran and two other officers spotted Hughes walking into the barber shop. As soon as the three officers entered the shop Hughes opened fire with two pistols. One of the officers returned fire killing Hughes. Sergeant Moran and another officer were seriously wounded. Sergeant Moran succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Sergeant Moran was survived by his wife and five children.

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Sergeant Moran,

You were my mother, Elizabeth Brown 's God father and the best friend of my grandfather OJ Brown.

I was in police work for most of 40 years including service as the Decatur, Illinois, Police Chief.
Rest in peace, you did your duty

John Race, retired former police chief
Grandson of his goddaugher
October 15, 2013

 

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