Patrolman Roger W. Van Schaik

Patrolman Roger W. Van Schaik

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 3, 1979

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Roger W. Van Schaik

Patrolman Roger W. Van Schaik and his partner Officer William Bosak were shot killed in an ambush attack. Officers Van Schaik and Bosak were returning to their squad car when a motorist traveling in the opposite direction stopped along side them. Without warning, the assailant began firing at the officers.

The killer was apprehended, convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. On January 10, 2003, outgoing Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of all 167 Illinois death-row inmates, including the death sentence of Officer Van Schaik's murderer, as his last act in office.

Patrolman Van Schaik was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 14299

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence commuted

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Patrolman Van Schaik,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 3, 2019

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