Patrolman Michael W. Oakley

Patrolman Michael W. Oakley

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, December 13, 1931

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Michael W. Oakley

Patrolman Michael Oakley was shot and killed as he was walking home by what could have been an armed robber. No one knows for sure and no one was ever convicted. A gun battle ensued during which he was mortally wounded.

The main suspect, who was arrested and released, was Edward "Spike" O'Donnell, a notorious gangster and known as the "king of beer runners" during prohibition. He was known to have grudges against several police officers. He survived more than a dozen assassination attempts and on September 25, 1925 he survived the first machine gun attack in U.S. History. He died in 1962 of a heart attack.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5445

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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A tragic loss 81 yrs ago, never forgotten.

Chgo PD

December 13, 2012

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