Patrolman John Vondruska

Patrolman John Vondruska

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1931

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John Vondruska

Patrolman John Vondruska was shot and killed when he tried to prevent an armed robbery of $8,000 at the Yellow Cab Company garage at Leamington Avenue and Flournoy Street.

The gunmen drove up to the garage just before 7:00 a.m. and confronted Patrolman Vondruska at his post.

When the gunmen commanded "Stick them up," Patrolman Vondruska opened fire. One of the gunmen, armed with a machine gun, opened fire and killed him. The 24-year-old man was arrested at a local hospital where he went with a gunshot wound to his leg. He said he was shot by an unknown person as he was walking down the street. A witness identified him and he was charged with Patrolman Vondruska's murder.

A cab driver was shot in the legs as he attempted to assist Patrolman Vondruska.

Patrolman Vondruska was assigned to the Fillmore Street Station.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 6048

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Charged with murder


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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Vondruska. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

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