Police Officer Richard M. Francis

Police Officer Richard M. Francis

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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Richard M. Francis

Police Officer Richard Francis was shot and killed with his service weapon as he struggled with a woman who grabbed his gun and shot him once.

He had responded to a disturbance at 2:00 a.m. and approached a woman near the Belmont Area (Area 3) Headquarters at 2452 W. Belmont Avenue. Backup officers responding to the shooting opened fire on the woman when she threatened them. She was critically wounded.

Officer Francis was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m.

On February 5th, 2014, the woman was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Francis served with the Chicago Police Department for 27 years and was assigned to the 019 District. He is survived by his wife and two stepdaughters.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 5276

Incident Details

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


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Was thinking of you the other day brother and all the laughs we had working that truck, and with Storming Norman. I wished you were here with us in retirement but I know heaven needed a good cop and we'll see each other again one day. Keep the engine of that truck warm, you remember how I hated the cold.

Rick Nelson
CPD "retired"

May 5, 2023

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