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 succumbed to a gunshot wound he received while undercover conducting narcotics surveillance at 4101 S. Federal Street in Chicago.

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.

Officer Ceriale had served with the Chicago Police Department for over one year. He was survived by his parents and grandmother.

A mounted unit horse was named Mikey C. in his honor in 2003.


  • 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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Michael I remember praying for you and crying at your passing. I remember hundreds of Officer and civilians lining up to donate blood in hopes of saving your life.

I would later become a CPD Officer, ISP Trooper and DSS Agent and I took your picture with me every step of the way.

Rest well, fair winds and calm seas my brother.

State Police

September 24, 2023

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