Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan

Patrolman Joseph P. Tiernan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1917

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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I just learned that Officer Joseph Tiernan was my Grand-uncle, a brother of my Grand-father Henry Tiernan. I am so very proud to be part of his family. His memory will live on in generations of Tiernan-Mullans yet to come, where he will be remembered as a hero.
May he rest in peace.
Kate Tiernan Mullan

Kate Tiernan Mullan

September 10, 2013

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