Patrolman John R. Tucker

Patrolman John R. Tucker

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 8, 1968

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John R. Tucker

Patrolman John R. Tucker was shot and killed during an armed robbery at 7919 South Ashland Avenue.

Patrolman Tucker, who was off duty while and in the bank, observed an armed subject enter and took a position behind a pillar as the gunman approached a teller's cage. Patrolman Tucker was approaching the robber from behind when the gunman turned around and fired. Patrolman Tucker was fatally wounded in the encounter. Other officers and a bank guard who heard the shots from outside shot the man five times as he tried to escape.

The 37-year-old killer was convicted of murder and sentenced to 100 to 190 years. He was paroled in 2005.

Patrolman Tucker is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 9168

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 2005

off duty, robbery

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I met Johnny once when I was a young boy. He was a friend of my mother and father.
He ran into us at a local ice cream stand here in Clinton, Illinois.
I will remember 2 things about Johnny.
I remember how nice he was to my family.
And I remember the record he cut. On one side was "Mr. Kennedy" and on the flip side was "Walk With Me".
I still recall how saddened I was to hear how his life ended.
Rest in peace, man of honor.

Randall Ayers

March 17, 2024

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