Detective Roman C. Steinke

Detective Roman C. Steinke

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, February 13, 1954

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Roman C. Steinke

Detective Roman Steinke died one week after he was shot by a gunman who owned a laundry at 2705 Diversey. The killer barricaded himself in the laundry and held 150 policemen at bay for 30 minutes before he was captured. He was also critically wounded in the battle and died in a Chicago hospital ten weeks later.

The incident began when Detectives Roman Steinke and Jeremiah Lucey attempted to arrest the laundry owner for slapping a boy. The gunman claimed he did not know Steinke and Lucey were police officers but instead thought the plain clothes officers had come into his shop to beat him.

Detective Steinke’s partner, Jeremiah Lucey, succumbed to his wounds on the day of the shooting.

Detective Roman Steinke was assigned to the Shakespeare District. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 4706

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 6, 1954
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Deceased

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Rest in peace Detective Steinke.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 17, 2019

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