Patrolman Patrick J. Ryan

Patrolman Patrick J. Ryan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, August 8, 1933

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Patrick J. Ryan

Patrolman Patrick J. Ryan was shot and killed by a gunman after the patrolman refused to accept a glass of wine from the man.

Patrolman Ryan entered a tavern at 3328 W. Armitage Avenue and ordered a sandwich when a man approached him and offered the wine. When Patrolman Ryan declined, the man became enraged and threw the glass into Patrolman Ryan's face. As Patrolman Ryan drew his weapon a struggle ensued and he was shot in the abdomen. The 23-year-old suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 199 years in prison. He was paroled in 1951.

Patrolman Ryan is survived by his invalid wife and four children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4940

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1951

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August 8, 2020

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