Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 16, 1970

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James Alfano, Jr.

Patrolman James Alfano was shot and killed while investigating a report of a gang fight that was about to take place.

He was driving through an alley, between 66th Place and 67th Street near Stony Island Avenue, but was blocked by an obstruction in the roadway. As his vehicle was stopped a sniper opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. Seven suspects were later taken into custody and charged with Patrolman Alfano's murder, including the shooter. The seven suspects were members of the Black P. Stone Nation Gang, Chicago's largest and most dangerous gang with more than 100,000 members. The shooter was one of the three leaders of the gang. All seven were tried for murder and acquitted.

Patrolman Alfano was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Chicago Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Gang Investigation Section. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 4707
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 14, 1970
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

gang member, sniper

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Dera Ms. Alfano,

Your father will always be honored by the Chicago Police Department and all the officers present and past. I never knew your father, but others I worked with did. I am a retired Detective and worked in a very small way to destroy the Black P. Stones (AKA El Rukn) gang and give your family justice many years after his death. I was part of the investigation and raid that arrested arrested Jeff Fort and put him away for life. I hope this small note lets you know that your father was on our minds and in our hearts during this time. Your father's sacrifice and your family will never be forgotten by those of us who served. God bless your father and your family.

John Holden, Detective
Chicago Police Department

August 24, 2021

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