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Detective Sergeant John Nerad | Cicero Police Department, Illinois Cicero Police Department, Illinois

Detective Sergeant

John Nerad

Cicero Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, July 28, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 30

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/10/1929

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide in jail

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Detective Sergeant John Nerad succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered three weeks earlier while attempting to question two suspicious individuals.

Detective Sergeant Nerad was off duty, running errands with his wife, when he saw the two men. He exited his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer. The two men immediately attacked him and knocked him to the ground. As he fell he drew his weapon and fired at the suspects, one of whom also drew a weapon. The suspect shot Detective Sergeant Nerad in the back three times as he lay on the ground.

Detective Sergeant Nerad's killer was eventually arrested and charged with his murder. On June 22, 1932, he shot and killed Guard Leo G. Nicholas in the Cook County Jail with a smuggled handgun. When cornered by other guards he shot and killed himself.

Detective Sergeant Nerad had served with the Cicero Police Department for 14 years.

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End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 1932
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Detective Sergeant Nerad's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-14-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
September 15, 2016


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