Patrolman John J. Ryan

Patrolman John J. Ryan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, February 24, 1930

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John J. Ryan

Patrolman John J. Ryan was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on an armed robber. During the arrest the felon began to resist. He produced a revolver and opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Ryan.

Patrolman Ryan's killer was fatally wounded in the exchange and died later that evening.

Patrolman Ryan was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 5618

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Patrolman Ryan,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


United States Border Patrol

February 24, 2020

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