Patrolman Charles B. Walsh

Patrolman Charles B. Walsh

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, June 13, 1925

Charles B. Walsh

Patrolman Charles Walsh and Patrolman Harold Olson were shot and killed while chasing three mobsters who had just attempted to assassinate one of their rivals. The car carrying the suspects crashed in the 5900 block of South Western Avenue, and the three men exited the car and opened fire on the officers with shotguns.

Patrolman Olson and Patrolman Walsh were fatally wounded and a third patrolman was seriously wounded. The fourth officer returned fire, killing one of the suspects. The officer also chased and apprehended the remaining two suspects.

The two suspects were acquitted by a jury but later murdered by Al Capone in 1929. The two men were hitmen for Al Capone when they murdered Patrolman Olson and Patrolman Walsh. Another one of Al Capone's hitmen murdered Patrolman Charles Skalay, of the St. Joseph, Michigan, Police Department, on December 14th, 1929.

Patrolman Walsh had served with the Chicago Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the Detective Division Ford Squad 8 C. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years, 7 months
  • Badge 2811

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender One shot and killed

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It's been 91 years since you were taken from our family. You are not forgotten, even by those who never had the honor of meeting you. I wonder what you would have been like to interact with, what your voice sounded like, and what were your favorite things. I wonder who your children would have been like had you not be taken away from them so young. But I do not wonder about your convictions and your courage, or your dedication and sense of duty. May we all live up to those standards. I thank all those who take a moment to reflect on your life, as well as the lives of all fallen officers. The kindness and admiration for their dedication aids those whose grief knows no end.


June 26, 2016

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