Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 16, 1970

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. Two suspects were later taken into custody.

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.


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

Incident Details

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

gang member, sniper

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I've found news articles describing how my Father, Patrolman David E Agay, retired from the St Joseph MI, Police Dept. and Michigan State Police Trooper Roger Waldron responding to a broadcast over NCIC for help involving Chicago Det. Alfano. Det Alfano had a very rare type of blood and the matching type was critically needed to try and save him. My Father and Trooper Waldron had the blood type Det Alfano desperately needed. They left St Joseph MI in a Michigan State Police radio car, responding with lights and sirens. I remember my Dad telling me when they got to the Illinois, Chicago PD radio cars were waiting to escort them to the hospital. Unfortunately Det Alfano still didn't survive his injuries. My dad and much of his family were from Chicago, I'm sure he and Det. Alfano met once again, sharing stories after my Dad pass away in 1999. My dad also served in the US Army, First Infantry Division - Big Red One, during the Korea conflict.

Chief Milton A Agay (r)
Benton Harbor Police Department / (son of Patrolman David Agay)

May 27, 2018

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