Police Officer Irma C. Ruiz

Police Officer Irma C. Ruiz

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 1988

Irma C. Ruiz

Officer Irma Ruiz was shot and killed confronting an armed offender in a school.

A heavily armed gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing three people and wounding another. The assailant then entered an elementary school filled wilth children. Already in the school, Officer Irma Ruiz learned of the situation and confronted the gunman.

After wounding one officer, the gunman fired at Officer Ruiz. She was mortally wounded in the attack. Despite being wounded, Officer Ruiz's partner was able to return fire and kill the gunman.

Officer Ruiz had served with the agency for 12 years and is survived by her husband, daughter, and three sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 16823

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To the Irma Ruiz Family,

We want you to know that Irma Ruiz is always in our hearts. She will never be forgotten.

30 years EOW but forever in our hearts.

Marla Elitzer, Principal
Irma C. Ruiz School

September 24, 2018

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