Sergeant Frank Svec

Sergeant Frank Svec

Berwyn Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, December 12, 1932

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Frank Svec

Sergeant Frank Svec and Patrolman Edger Chatterton were shot and killed by a man they attempted to serve a warrant on for truancy as he had refused to send his two children to school because he opposed vaccination.

As the two officers stood on the front porch of the home, the suspect fired several times through his glass front door.

The suspect was captured a few minutes later and stated he thought the two officers were burglars, but was convicted of Sergeant Svec's murder and sentenced to life in prison on August 2, 1933. On October 18, 1934, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed and remanded the conviction and sentence stating there was reasonable doubt.

Sergeant Svec had served with the Berwyn Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge SGT

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Sergeant.

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Sims
Matteson, IL PD

February 5, 2019

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