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 mortally wounded when he became engaged in a shootout with possible robbers at the intersection of Damen Avenue and Bloomingdale Avenue as he walked home.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day.

The main suspect, who was arrested and released, was 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 25th, 1925 he survived the first machine gun attack in United States history. He died in 1962 of a heart attack.

Patrolman Oakley was assigned to the Summerdale Station.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5445

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 12, 1931
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

off duty, robbery

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A tragic loss 81 yrs ago, never forgotten.

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December 13, 2012

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