Patrolman S. Wellington McArthur

Patrolman S. Wellington McArthur

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, June 29, 1877

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S. Wellington McArthur

Patrolman Spencer McArthur succumbed to a stab wound sustained two weeks earlier as he and his partner attempted to arrest two drunken sailors near the Lake Street Bridge.

The officers observed the men walk into a nearby lumberyard and then heard one of them yell that he had been stabbed. The officers ran into the lumber yard and each grabbed one of the suspects. The suspect Patrolman McArthur grabbed immediately stabbed him in the stomach and fled. The suspect was arrested by detectives approximately 3 hours later.

Patrolman McArthur and the prisoner were taken back to the West Madison Street Station where he remained for several days before being taken to his home.

Patrolman McArthur had only served with the Chicago Police Department for one month and had previously served as an officer in White Hall, New York. He was survived by his expectant wife and child.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Friday, June 15, 1877
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

arrest attempt

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 29, 2020

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