Patrolman Samuel M. Black

Patrolman Samuel M. Black

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, December 16, 1944

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Samuel M. Black

Patrolman Samuel M. Black and Patrolman Ezra Caldwell were shot and killed after responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at an apartment at 5147 Prairie Avenue.

The subject had just shot and killed his wife as the two officers arrived on the scene. He fatally shot Patrolman Black in the face as he entered the apartment. The man then fled downstairs and exchanged shots with Patrolman Caldwell. The assailant was shot three times and wounded, and Patrolman Caldwell was fatally wounded, when the officer slipped and fell as he tried to take cover.

The man was shot three more times by other responding officers but recovered to stand trial. He was convicted of murder, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed in the electric chair on October 19th, 1945.

Patrolman Black had served with the Chicago Police Department for 27 years and was assigned to the South Wabash Avenue Station (modern day District 2). He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 1121

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1945


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Patrolman Black,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 16, 2019

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