Night Policeman John Shaw

Night Policeman John Shaw

Virden Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, December 10, 1912

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John Shaw

Night Policeman John Shaw was shot and killed as he and a merchant policeman responded to a fight at a home on the outskirts of town.

As the officers attempted to gain access into the home someone opened fire from inside with a shotgun, striking Policeman Shaw in the head. The other officer returned fire but did not strike the subject.

Two other occupants of the home were shot and a 1-year-old child was stabbed during the fight. The man who shot Officer Shaw committed suicide while hiding underneath the home's porch.

Policeman Shaw was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

domestic, fight call

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Officer Shaw,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Virden.


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December 10, 2022

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