Patrolman John W. Quirk

Patrolman John W. Quirk

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, January 13, 1958

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John W. Quirk

Patrolman John W. Quirk was shot three times by two gunmen at the intersection of N. Cleveland Avenue and W. Wisconsin Streets.

Patrolman Quirk was off duty on his first date with a young woman. One of their first stops that evening included a tour of the Shakespeare Avenue Station, 2131 N. California where he was assigned. Their second stop was a restaurant at 3801 W. Fullerton where they had a chance meeting with his partner and visited for some time.

He was driving an acquaintance home and pulled in front of 22 East Banks Street at approximately 2:30 am. The moment the vehicle came to a stop, two men jumped into the back of the car from each side with guns drawn. Patrolman Quirk was forced to drive in the area of the north side. While approaching the intersection of W. Wisconsin Avenue and N. Cleveland Avenue he intentionally crashed his vehicle into a street lamp. While drawing his service revolver, he fired into the rear of the vehicle. Patrolman Quirk used his body to shield his companion from the bullets as the shooting started. He was mortally wounded in the exchange. The young woman was able to identify the assailants.

After a city-wide manhunt, one gunman was immediately arrested. The second surrendered to the FBI and was turned over to Chicago Police Department homicide division.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 9866

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

off duty, robbery

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Officer Quirk, I was born September of 1958. I read your story and consider your actions on behalf of your date heroic. You are deeply respected and I honor your memory. Semper Fi sir.

Captain Mike McAllister
Washington State Firefighter

January 13, 2017

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