Sergeant Thomas J. Babbington

Sergeant Thomas J. Babbington

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, January 26, 1925

Thomas J. Babbington

Sergeant Thomas J. Babbington was attacked and shot during an arrest.

On January 21, 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 was not able to injure any of his killers. Sergeant Babbington was rushed to a local hospital. Before succumbing to his injuries he identified Emmett Kearns as one of his shooters. Sergeant Babbington died on January 26, 1925.

Emmett Kearns was charged with murder and held without bond. Several of his accomplices were arrested, but later acquitted.

Sergeant Babbington succumbed from his wounds five days later. He had served with the agency for 18 years and 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 Not available

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Thomas was a cousin to my mother whom we lost this year. Thomas is buried along with my Grand Parents and their Parents at Mt. Olviet on 111th St. His memory remains in our family, will never be forgotten.

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July 28, 2018

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