Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan

Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1917

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Joseph P. Tiernan

Officer Joseph Tiernan was shot and killed during a burglary investigation.

While walking his beat, Officer Tiernan observed suspicious activity behind a dry goods store. As Officer Tiernan investigated, he noticed two burglars breaking into the basement of the store. As Officer Tiernan place them under arrest, one of the offenders drew a revolver and began firing. Officer Tiernan was shot three times during the altercation. Officer Tiernan was transported to the hospital where he died the next day.

Officer Tiernan's killer was convicted of his murder and hanged on February 15, 1918.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3014

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 23, 1917
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1918

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Rest in peace sir and always know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

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