Patrolman John J. Sweeney

Patrolman John J. Sweeney

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, July 7, 1929

John J. Sweeney

Patrolman John J. Sweeney of the Racine Avenue Station was found dead in an alley between Noble and Ross, just off Chicago Avenue, with a bullet through the heart.

Policemen were sent to the area to investigate burglaries and heard a succession of shots. They immediately found Officer Sweeney but no suspects. The suspect was later caught and convicted. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died while still incarcerated in 1957.

Officer Sweeney, a WWI Army veteran, was married. He was the father of three sons and a daughter. He was a 10-year veteran of the department.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 411
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Officer Sweeney,

I am the grandson of Sgt. Patrick F. Delaney and neighbor and friend of your grandson, Tim. There will never be enough word to express the debt that is owed to you and all the CPD officers who gave their all. As grandsons of fallen CPD officers, I can say that your sacrifice is still felt to this very day and that your memories are honored. Thank you.

Thomas Delaney

November 2, 2017

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