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Detective Sergeant John J. Nagle, Jr. | Northlake Police Department, Illinois Northlake Police Department, Illinois

Detective Sergeant

John J. Nagle, Jr.

Northlake Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, October 27, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Offender: Died in prison

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Detective Sergeant John Nagle and Police Officer Anthony Perri were shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at the Northlake Bank.

When they arrived on the scene they were met with automatic gunfire from three men and were both fatally wounded. Two other officers were wounded, one seriously. An off-duty officer who happened to be nearby shot and seriously wounded one of the suspects.

The other two suspects escaped, but were captured the next day at a cottage at Fox Lake, 12 miles southeast of LaPorte, Indiana. One of the suspects had used the cottage for a hideout after committing a bank robbery 11 years earlier.

All three suspects were convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to 199 years in prison. Two of the subjects had recently been released from prison for bank robbery, one having served 10½ years and the other six years. In 1999, one offender died while serving his sentence. A second offender died in prison in 2011. The third and final offender died in prison in 2012 after numerous parole rejections.

Detective Sergeant Nagle had served with the Northlake Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, ages four, seven and nine, and parents.

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Police Officer Anthony P. Perri
Northlake Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Friday, October 27, 1967
Cause: Gunfire

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When I was a kid, we visited family in Northlake. My Dad was a Patrolman for Rosemont Police Department and would tell me the story of his two of his friends that got killed at this bank. He would have tears in his eyes when telling me the story. I was about 12 at the time. He always had a hard time talking about the event. My Dad and I worked together at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for 17 years before he died of cancer. I have since retired and teaching Criminal Justice in a near by High School. The memories of John Nagle, and Anthony Perri will always be in our prayers, and never forgotten.

Sergeant Mark Moe (Retired)
Pasco Sheriff's Office
May 31, 2014


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