Patrolman John F. Schuetz

Patrolman John F. Schuetz

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, January 27, 1919

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John F. Schuetz

Patrolman John F. Schuetz was shot and killed when he returned to his apartment for dinner and interrupted two burglars outside of the building on Hollywood Avenue. As he struggled with one of the burglars, the other came up to him and shot him. Both men then fled the scene. Patrolman Schuetz was transported to Lake View Hospital where he died an hour later.

The assailants were never apprehended.

Patrolman Schuetz had served with the agency for 23 years; he was survived by his wife and daughter. Patrolman Schuetz was laid to rest in St. Boniface Church.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 4381

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman John Schuetz is my great grandfather. My grandmother lived in the house where her father was murdered her entire life. The back stairs and crawl space always creeped me out as a youngster as I knew the story of how he was shot out back. I’d never seen this page before, kudos to my niece for finding it. My grandmother lost her dad when he was in his 50’s, and her husband died at 51. She was an amazing woman, raising two sons on her own, my dad and uncle.

Scott Burns (USNA ‘78)
Great grandson

April 19, 2021

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