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 were 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, a WWI U.S. Navy veteran, 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
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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


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Thanks for your thoughts. In a civilized society there are some transgressions, like the murder of two public servants who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Chicago, that should not be forgotten with the passage of time. The words Serve and Protect have real meaning.

Tom Kane
Grandson to Patrolman Charles B. Walsh

April 23, 2018

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