Police Officer Jay F. Brunkella

Police Officer Jay F. Brunkella

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, October 4, 1986

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Jay F. Brunkella

Police Officer Jay Brunkella was shot and killed during a narcotics arrest near the Stephen F. Gale Elementary School at 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace.

Officer Brunkella and fellow narcotics officers were stationed at the grammar school in response to complaints about drug sales that occurred there. The officers observed a drug deal and they attempted to take one of the suspects into custody. One of the officers caught the female suspect and fell to the ground during the ensuing struggle. The officer's service weapon discharged when he fell to the ground and the round struck Officer Brunkella.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The woman was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Officer Brunkella had served with the Chicago Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, and brother.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 3429

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

narcotics, foot pursuit

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My law enforcement career is almost over but I often think of the ultimate sacrifice that Jay made. My Dad was his partner and Jay's passing hit him hard. He was never the same. Rest in Peace, Jay!

Sergeant Thomas Cotter, Jr.
Chicago Police Department - 25th District

October 19, 2018

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