Park Police Officer Spencer Thornton, Jr.

Park Police Officer Spencer Thornton, Jr.

Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 3, 1945

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Spencer Thornton, Jr.

Park Police Officer Spencer Thornton, Jr. was shot and killed while intervening in a quarrel at the 31st Street Beach. One of the men opened fire, killing Officer Thornton and the other participant in the quarrel. Two other police officers who had been assigned to the Democratic picnic shot the suspect in the shoulder.

Park Police Officer Thornton died of his wounds at Michael Reese Hospital.

The 44-year-old suspect was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two life terms to be served consecutively. He died in prison in 1970.

The Chicago Park District Police in the City of Chicago was disbanded in 1957. Remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 327

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

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Officer Thornton,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago Park. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 3, 2020

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