Police Officer Michael Anthony Ceriale

Police Officer Michael Anthony Ceriale

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 21, 1998

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Michael Anthony Ceriale

Police Officer Michael Ceriale was working undercover conducting a narcotics surveillance at 4101 S Federal Street.

During the surveillance he was spotted by the offenders who entered a nearby apartment building and informed one of the gang's "security guards," a 16-year-old juvenile. The juvenile exited the building and fired once in his direction from about 60 to 70 yards, striking Officer Ceriale in the abdomen, just below his vest.

Officer Ceriale passed away from his wounds six days later.

The subject who murdered Officer Ceriale was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 17429

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 15, 1998
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years

narcotics, ambush, juvenile offender, surveillance, undercover

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I was fortunate to carry Mike out of the church. We were friends. A lot of our friendship was trading humor, life challenges and learning strategies about being cops. Heroes die before the rest of us. We were all lucky who knew him, worked with him. And a lot of our youth died with him. I Pray for him.

PO 19639 Ernest A. Gomez
Chicago PD (‘96-‘03) 24th, 25th, 13th Districts

June 26, 2021

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