Patrolman William F. Ellfeldt

Patrolman William F. Ellfeldt

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, May 12, 1890

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William F. Ellfeldt

Patrolman William Ellfeldt succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound sustained four days earlier. He was on duty at the patrol barn when a pistol fell from his sergeant's coat pocket and discharged upon hitting the floor. The round struck Patrolman Ellfeldt in the abdomen.

The incident was ruled an accident and the sergeant was exonerated from all blame.

Patrolman Ellfeldt served with the Chicago Police Department for five months.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 8, 1890

accidental discharge

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Patrolman Ellfeldt,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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May 12, 2020

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