Patrolman George H. Trumbull

Patrolman George H. Trumbull

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 17, 1914

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George H. Trumbull

Patrolman George Trumbull was shot to death during an arrest attempt.

Policeman Trumbull was walking his beat in the early morning hours at South State and Twenty-sixth streets. It is believed that Patrolman Trumball attempted to arrest several persons who had congregated on the corner in an area the police had been raiding at frequent intervals the previous year. A young boy is believed to have been the only witness to the shooting besides those who took part in it, stating that he saw several men pass the policeman and then saw Patrolman Trumbull run after them. Three men darted across toward the policeman from the other side of the street and Trumbull drew his revolver. A fusillade of shots followed. Patrolman Trumbull was killed before he could use his weapon, which was found fully loaded beside his body. He had been wounded in four places, one of the bullets having entered close to his heart.

Officer Trumbull's killer was eventually arrested and held by the Coroner. On November 27, 1914, he was sentenced to life in Joliet Penitentiary and died there on October 5, 1917.

Officer Trumbull had served in the 38th precinct.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 899

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Officer Trumbull's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 5-24-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

May 24, 2018

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