Detective Duane Dean Winkelman

Detective Duane Dean Winkelman

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1972

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Duane Dean Winkelman

Detective Duane Winkelman was shot and killed while conducting a routine check of a rail yard in East St. Louis, Illinois.

During the check, he and his partner observed a group of men stealing from a boxcar. Detective Winkelman chased one of the subjects through several neighborhood backyards and into the parking lot of a tavern in the Rush City neighborhood. The subject opened fire on him in the parking lot, striking him in the chest with a blast from a shotgun.

Detective Winkelman was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had only served with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department for one month but had previously served with the Rock Island Railroad Police Department and Kansas City Police Department, Missouri.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, larceny

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Duane was my father. I followed in his footsteps proudly. I near 25 Years and remember he never got the opportunity. He was also a member of the KCPD (MO) before working for Rock Island.

CPL Thad D Winkelman
son of DET Duane D. Winkelman EOW 12/27/1972

August 26, 2020

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