Patrolman John Powell, Jr.

Patrolman John Powell, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, September 6, 1892

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John Powell, Jr.

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

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.

Patrolman Powell served with the Chicago Police Department for less than two years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge 1168

Incident Details

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

foot pursuit, warrant service

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice and may you always rest in peace knowing that your fellow law enforcement will always remember and thank you.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 6, 2020

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