Patrolman Michael J. O'Rourke

Patrolman Michael J. O'Rourke

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, October 24, 1903

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Michael J. O'Rourke

Patrolman Michael O'Rourke was shot and killed during an assault investigation near the intersection of 32nd street and Dearborn Street.

Patrolman O'Rourke provided an escort to a citizen who was a victim of an assault. As they walked, Officer O'Rourke noticed the offender in an alley. The officer pushed the woman into a doorway and confronted the offender. The man fired a gunshot, striking Officer O'Rourke; He succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The subject who murdered Patrolman O'Rourke was acquitted.

Patrolman O'Rourke served with the Chicago Police Department for 12 and a half years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 12 years, 6 months
  • Badge 426

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, October 22, 1903
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

assault, escort, investigation

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Officer O'Rourke's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 4-7-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

April 7, 2018

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