Patrolman Frank Gershon Rappaport

Patrolman Frank Gershon Rappaport

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, November 13, 1969

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Frank Gershon Rappaport

Patrolman Frank Rappaport and Officer John Gilhooly were ambushed by a member of the radical group Black Panthers on a false call of a 'man with a gun'.

As the officers entered a gangway between two buildings, the man opened fire with a shotgun from a porch below, striking Patrolman Rappaport in the chest and Patrolman Gilhooly in the face and neck. The suspect then shot Patrolman Rappaport again as he lay on the ground, killing him.

Patrolman Gilhooly was transported to Billings Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day. Patrolman Gilhooly's killer was shot and killed in an exchange with other officers.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12256

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I think these two officers worked for my dad. I believe my dad was their Sargent at the time. My dad had two officers ambushed in one of the housing projects and the timing would be about the same. RIP to Chicago’s best.

James E Grender retired CPD Captain
Daughter of police Captain James E Grender.

November 15, 2019

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