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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Dad I waited all day to type this.....I woke up thinking of you and then I tried to push all the thoughts out of my head. Today is 48 years since you left this Earth doing what you loved....serving and protecting. Mom called and I let the machine pick up and there she was crying, barely getting the words out...telling me how she was thinking of me and how hard this day is and how much she loves me. Dad I wish with all my heart that you were here with us. Mom has had a broken heart for 48 years and John and I have had 48 years without our dad....I love you dad and I wish I could hear you say those very words to me. You gave your life, the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless you. I will forever wish that things were different, but this is the only way I know...and that is having a piece of my heart forever missing. You are not forgotten and you are forever honored Dad...I love you and I miss you. God Bless each and every man and woman who put on the uniform and risk their lives each day....I thank you all!

Jacqueline Alfano Stone

August 16, 2018

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