Patrolman Joseph A. Bender

Patrolman Joseph A. Bender

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, February 10, 1927

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Joseph A. Bender

Officer Joseph Bender was standing in front of his home when he observed an automobile parked nearby. Two armed offenders exited, approached Officer Bender, and announced a robbery. When Officer Bender resisted, one of the gunmen fired and killed the officer. His 6-year-old son, standing at the front door waiting to greet his father, saw it all.

Two boys, ages 18 and 19, were arrested for Officer Bender's murder a few days later after they wrecked a car they had stolen. Officer Bender had been shot with another officer's service revolver. That officer had been robbed in the exact same way by the suspects hours earlier. Both officers were in civilian clothes.

During a ten day crime spree both suspects were found to be responsible for over 50 other robberies and they shot and critically wounded another man. They were both sentenced to life in Joliet Prison. One was paroled on October 5, 1951.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 2958

Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Patrolman Bender.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 8, 2019

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