Sergeant Thomas J. Babbington

Sergeant Thomas J. Babbington

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, January 26, 1925

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Thomas J. Babbington

Sergeant Thomas J. Babbington was attacked and shot during an arrest at 319 W Root Street.

On January 21st, 1925, Sergeant Babbington entered a soft drink parlor in search of a wanted offender. While trying to find the suspect, Sergeant Babbington was stopped by the bartender and several patrons. Sergeant Babbington drew his service weapon and exited the establishment in order to call for back-up. The sergeant entered a taxi cab when several men followed behind him and shot him four times. Sergeant Babbington returned fire but did not shoot any of his killers. Sergeant Babbington was rushed to a local hospital. Before succumbing to his injuries he identified a well-known gangster as one of his shooters. Sergeant Babbington died on January 26th, 1925.

The man Sergeant Babbington identified was charged with murder and held without bond. Several of his accomplices were arrested, but later acquitted. The prime suspect's charges were dropped. On March 21st, 1950, his body was found hanging on a barbed-wire fence near Hartsdale, Indiana. He had been shot in the head execution-style.

Sergeant Babbington had served with the Chicago Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons. He is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 575

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 21, 1925
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Murdered in 1950

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Sergeant Babbington's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 11-30-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

November 30, 2018

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