Detective Alfred Olin

Detective Alfred Olin

Aurora Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 29, 1918

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Alfred Olin

Detective Alfred Olin was shot and killed as he and his partner escorted two men to the police station for questioning. The officers had gone to back up another officer at a local restaurant where the two men were acting disorderly. The officers learned that the license plate on the subject's car was registered to another vehicle so they asked the men to accompany them to the station.

Detective Olin and his partner rode in the back seat of the suspect's car. Upon approaching the police station, the driver ignored Detective Olin's order to turn into its entrance and began driving at a high rate of speed. The other officer grabbed the passenger's arm when a revolver was displayed and began to struggle with him before being wounded and thrown from the vehicle.

As Detective Olin continued to struggle with the passenger, he was shot twice and also thrown from the vehicle where he returned fire at the suspect's vehicle. Both officers were taken to a local hospital where Detective Olin died of bullet wounds to his heart, lung and abdomen and his partner recovered.

The two suspects were identified but no charges were ever filed against either of them.

Detective Olin had served with the Aurora Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 105

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender No charges filed

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According to the Author of the book The Life and World of Chicago Gangster Frank McEarlane, Daniel Waugh.
Walter Stevens, A Chicago gangster and hired killer. Was charged with the killing of detective Alfred Olin. But was found not guilty after 21 witnesses came from Chicago and testified that he could not have been in Aurora Illinois at the time that officer Olin was shot, because he was flat on his back recovering from gunshot wounds earlier in the year with Chicago police. One of his witnesses was a Chicago policeman and Stevens was found not guilty.

Walter Stevens, was convicted at a separate trial of the assault with intent to kill detective Olin’s partner Office Lester Wedemaier.
He was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison. And was immediately paroled and pardoned by Governor Lem Small.

Sgt Steven Burgess Ret.
Collier County Sheriffs Office. Naples,Florida

December 19, 2022

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