Officer Harry M. Bending, Jr.

Officer Harry M. Bending, Jr.

Des Plaines Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, August 28, 1952

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Harry M. Bending, Jr.

Officer Harry Bending was shot and killed after responding to a report of suspicious men at a finance company at Ellinwood and Center streets.

Prior to Officer Bending's arrival the three men produced guns and were robbing the store. One of the suspects, who was stationed at the front door, notified the other suspects. As Officer Bending approached the top of the stairs the men opened fire, striking him in the shoulder and twice in the head. Although mortally wounded, Officer Bending was able to return fire before the men fled in a stolen car. All three offenders were eventually apprehended.

One suspect, who admitted he killed Officer Bending, was sentenced to 60 years. The other two were sentenced to 22 years each.

Officer Bending had served with the Des Plaines Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and son. He was a World War II navy veteran. In 1970 his nephew became an officer with the Des Plaines Police Department.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 161
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years

robbery attempt, suspicious person

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Rest in peace Officer Bending.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 24, 2021

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