Detective William E. Goles

Detective William E. Goles

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, January 19, 1947

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William E. Goles

Detective William Goles was inadvertently shot and killed by his partner as they searched for a burglary suspect a darkened brewery at 2118 S. Albany Avenue.

Detective Goles had served with the Chicago Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 4576

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

building search, burglary, mistaken identity

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Det. Goles,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 19, 2022

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