Detective Sergeant Joseph H. Urban

Detective Sergeant Joseph H. Urban

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1917

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Joseph H. Urban

Detective Sergeant Joseph Urban was accidentially shot by another officer while investigating a burglary.

While investigating burglaries in the community, Sgt. Joseph Urban entered a closed store in the neighborhood. At this time, a nearby patrolman walking his beat observed Sergeant Urban inside the store and mistook him for a burglar. In the confusion the patrolman fired a shot, striking Sergeant Urban.

Sergeant Urban was taken to a hospital, where he died five days later.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 518

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 1, 1917

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Detective Sergeant Urban's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 6-29-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

June 29, 2018

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