Patrolman Michael Shaughnessy

Patrolman Michael Shaughnessy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, May 22, 1904

Michael Shaughnessy

Patrolman Michael Shaughnessy was killed during an escape attempt.

Patrolman Shaughnessy was one of three officers attacked by a mob attempting to free a prisoner at 493 Canal Street. One of the officers was knocked down, beaten and cut with a knife. This officer drew his service revolver and fired at his assailants. Officer Shaughnessy was mortally wounded by the bullet.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1475

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 21, 1904

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I am travelling in the US with my family on a 6 week holiday. We stopped off for one night in Chicago and walked around this fantastic city. It was then that I remembered my grandfather telling me about his uncle who had left Ireland and become a Chicago Police Officer, and that he was shot and killed while on duty. My son, Archie O'Shaughnessy, found his name on this site and I felt bound to leave a message. God rest his soul.

He was my great great uncle.

August 8, 2016

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