Patrolman Bernard Poe

Patrolman Bernard Poe

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, November 8, 1957

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Bernard Poe

Patrolman Bernie Poe was shot and killed as he rushed to assist a fellow officer.

He was walking his beat when he saw another officer struggling with a man in front of 3140 West Roosevelt Road. The suspect shot Patrolman Poe in the chest with the other officer's service revolver, that he had gained control of, as he ran to help his fellow officer. The suspect then shot the other officer in the arm before fleeing. The suspect was arrested two days later while hitch-hiking near Baldwin, Michigan.

The other officer was attempting to arrest the 35-year-old suspect for passing a bad check. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years.

Patrolman Poe was with the Chicago Police Department for just over one year. He was assigned to the Marquette Station at 2259 S. Damen.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 6509

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Poe. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

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