Detective Oliver J. Singleton

Detective Oliver J. Singleton

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, November 27, 1969

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Oliver J. Singleton

Detective Oliver J. Singleton, who had been paralyzed following a gun battle, succumbed to his wounds some 10 months later.

Detective Singleton and his partner were wounded when they and other policemen foiled a robbery on January 24, 1969, at the Bell and Howell plant in Lincolnwood near the 7100 block of McCormick Boulevard.

Two of the armed robbers were killed at the scene and two were captured.

Detective Singleton testified from a stretcher on October 13th in criminal court against one of the surviving defendants. He was convicted of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery and conspiracy.

A World War II veteran, Detective Singleton was assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 2131
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 24, 1969
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 2 killed at scene, 2 captured

robbery attempt

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Det. Singleton,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 27, 2019

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