Police Officer Dell Otis Fountain

Police Officer Dell Otis Fountain

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 23, 1996

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Dell Otis Fountain

Police Officer Dell Fountain was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance in an apartment in his building on the 3900 block of West Van Buren Street.

Officer Fountain's son had been previously threatened by an armed subject who had been arrested after Officer Fountain reported the incident. On March 23rd, 1996, the man again harassed Officer Fountain's son and attempted to keep him front entering the building. The subject, who was involved in narcotics activity and was on supervised release while awaiting trial for murder, knew that Officer Fountain was a police officer.

When Officer Fountain confronted the subject a struggle ensued in which the man gained control of Officer Fountain's weapon and shot him. The shot severed an artery in his leg and he died as a result of loss of blood.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The original conviction was overturned and received a new trial.

Officer Fountain had served with the Chicago Police Department for three years. He was survived by his son, daughter, parents, and seven siblings.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 18247

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

narcotics, disturbance, murder suspect, off duty

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Officer Fountain,
Though it’s been 26 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 29, 2022

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