Patrolman Arthur J. Sullivan

Patrolman Arthur J. Sullivan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 1937

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Arthur J. Sullivan

Patrolman Arthur J. Sullivan was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect while off duty.

He had been informed by a citizen that he had just been robbed. As Patrolman Sullivan confronted the suspect at the Kedzie Avenue Station of Douglas Park "L" branch near 20th Street, the man pulled out a revolver and fired. Patrolman Sullivan was hit by the gunfire and died as a result of his injuries.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Sullivan's murder and executed in the electric chair on April 16th, 1937.

Patrolman Sullivan was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3911

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1937

off duty, robbery

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At least the cowardly person (Shuster) who committed this crime was brought to justice and got to receive his just reward (execution) on this earth, and the judgment of his maker after his death. Patrolman Sullivan's children - if they are still living - would be about my age (75-80). Patolman Sullivan was a brave man and fulfilled his duty - it did not matter that he was already off-duty. I grew up in Chicago and still love the city even though I now reside in Virginia. Chicago policemen like officer Sullivan lay their life on the line every day protecting the citizenry; it is appreciated.

William Bahnmaier, Col., USMC Retired
U.S. Marine Corps

December 5, 2013

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