Patrolman John Powell

Patrolman John Powell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, September 6, 1892

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John Powell

Patrolman John Powell and Officer Henry McDowell were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in Garfield Park.

Officer Powell, while conducting a raid on an illegal racetrack, pursued a racehorse owner who was brandishing a gun while attempting to escape. He was shot twice while apprehending the assailant. The same gunman also killed a second officer, Henry McDowell.

The officers' killer was also shot and killed.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1168

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Powell's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-23-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

March 23, 2018

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