Patrolman Clarence E. Wright

Patrolman Clarence E. Wright

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, November 29, 1882

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Clarence E. Wright

Patrolman Clarence Wright was shot and killed while investigating an assault at 37 West Washington Street.

He had gone to the apartment of an offender who had viciously attacked another citizen. When he knocked on the apartment door, it was opened slightly by a woman. Before the officer spoke a word, the offender placed his gun over the woman's shoulder and fired.

Patrolman Wright fell backwards and died instantly. The suspect shot and wounded another officer as he made his escape. Two hours later the suspect was found by officers on Kinzie Street hiding in a chicken coop. He resisted arrest and was shot several times and killed.

Patrolman Wright had served with the Chicago Police Department for six months. He was survived by his mother, brother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 255

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Patrolman Wright,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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November 29, 2018

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