Sergeant William T. Shanley

Sergeant William T. Shanley

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, December 14, 1933

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William T. Shanley

Sergeant William Shanley was shot and killed while investigating reports of a man who had dropped off a suspicious vehicle at a repair shop at 5320 N. Broadway.

Sergeant Shanley's partner went to a nearby call box to report their location as Sergeant Shanley entered the garage. The garage owner informed him the man would be back at 4:30 pm. When the man returned with a female companion Sergeant Shanley confronted him and asked to see his driver's license. The man reached into his overcoat, produced a revolver, and fatally shot Sergeant Shanley.

The suspect, John Hamilton, was a member of the notorious Dillinger Gang and had recently escaped from the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City, Indiana. He was later found murdered in Wisconsin.

Sergeant Shanley had served with the Chicago Police Department for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters. He is buried in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois.

Led by John Dillinger, the Dillinger Gang was a notorious group of Midwest bank robbers. Associates of the gang were responsible for the fatal shootings of 13 law enforcement officers in 1933 and 1934.

Two infamous members of the gang, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, were shot and killed by law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

The other gang members were either murdered by criminals, shot and killed by law enforcement officers, executed for their crimes, or sentenced to time in prison.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 760

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Murdered

escapee, suspicious person

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Sgt. Shanley,
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. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 14, 2023

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