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

robbery, off duty

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Arthur Sullivan was my maternal grandmother's father. Though she has passed, she cherished his memory and often told her grandchildren of his service and life; as well as regularly donated to CPD and local police departments. His wife, Katherine, was deeply loved by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
From what I know of his life was that he was originally from Saint Paul, MN and had hopes of joining the F.B.I..
It is nice to see other's still honor his service. Thank you.

Michael Torres
Great Grandson

June 18, 2021

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