Patrolman Thomas E. Torpy

Patrolman Thomas E. Torpy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, September 22, 1934

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Thomas E. Torpy

Patrolman Thomas Torpy was fatally wounded as he and several other officers attempted to make an arrest at 4733 S. St. Lawrence Avenue.

The two subjects inside were wanted for over 40 robberies and two murders.

He was nearest the door when the first offender appeared. He opened the door, saw the policemen had him covered with their guns, and slammed it shut. Patrolman Torpy yanked it open and was shot twice. He continued to fire and started down the stairs after the gunman. He was shot two more times, the last bullet piercing his head. As he fell, mortally wounded, his partner pursued the subject

The gunman was wounded by Patrolman Torpy's partner. While en route to the hospital, the man attempted to seize the officer's revolver and was fatally shot.

Patrolman Torpy had served with the Chicago Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and stepdaughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 525

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

murder suspect, robbery, warrant service

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Thank you Detective Rizzo. This man was my adopted step grandfather and had a great influence on my mother's viewpoint on life and values. Needless to say, I inherited those values from her. I served 20 years in the USAF, retiring as a captain, part of which was as a USAF Security Policeman.

James M. Hoover, Captain, USAF Retired
USAF, step grandson of Officer Torpy

March 31, 2021

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