Patrolman Richard J. Burke

Patrolman Richard J. Burke

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, June 16, 1919

Richard J. Burke

Officer Richard J. Burke entered a tavern that was opened after the legal closing time and announced that he was closing the establishment. A verbal altercation began and during that time a gunman fired several shots, fatally wounding officer Burke.

Two suspects were arrested, one as a primary suspect and one as an accessory. The primary suspect and shooter was hanged January 20, 1920.

Officer Burke served in the 15th Precinct.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1236

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Burke's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-10-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

July 10, 2018

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