Patrolman Henry L. Peeler

Patrolman Henry L. Peeler

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, June 5, 1968

Henry L. Peeler

Patrolman Henry L. Peeler, of the Englewood District, was shot and killed by a gunman who murdered Sergeant Jack Armstrong, of the SOU Railroad Police Department, two months earlier in East St. Louis, Illinois.

After the gunman and three others murdered Sergeant Armstrong, they stole his service weapon, which was used to murder Officer Peeler. Officer Peeler’s parther was shot in the right forearm and left hand.

The incident began when policemen noticed 3 men lying on a lawn in front of an apartment building at 57th and Morgan, holding open liquor containers. As officers approached, one man tried to run and opened fire when Officer Peeler pursued him. He was shot five times but returned fire before he died. Officer Peeler’s partner, who had been questioning the other two, ran to assist and killed the attacker.

Patrolman Peeler was employed with the Chicago Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 11174

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender One killed, 2 in custody

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It has been 49 years ago this week that we lost my father, yes you do move forward with life but on the anniversary you are taken right back to that day. My dad has been gone for 49 years, and still he has such a great impact on our lives. My sister and I, and even our husbands and the grandchildren hold true to his passions. We live his passion for him, because he can not but also because his passion is our as well. We love and miss you daddy.

Keely Peeler Simpson

June 8, 2017

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