Patrolman Edward M. O'Donnell

Patrolman Edward M. O'Donnell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, June 9, 1931

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Edward M. O'Donnell

Officer Edward O'Donnell was shot and killed as he attempted to place an armed robber under arrest.

Officer O'Donnell was providing security to a businesswoman transporting cash and checks from a bakery to a bank. While enroute, they were accosted by two armed robbers. When Officer O'Donnell attempted to arrest one offender, the second fired a fatal shot.

Both suspects were apprehended minutes later by a civilian and two officers. Both were convicted of Offficer O'Donnell's murder and sentenced to 145 years in prison. One was paroled on October 2, 1961. The other had his sentence reduced to 60 years during World War II because he participated in malaria experiments. He applied for a parole in 1955.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3363

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 145 years

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Patrolman O’Donnell,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 9, 2021

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