Police Officer Joseph P. "Joey" Cali

Police Officer Joseph P. "Joey" Cali

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, May 20, 1975

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Joseph P. "Joey" Cali

Officer Joseph P. Cali was shot and killed by a sniper while writing a parking ticket.

At 9:30 p.m., Officer Cali, was in the process of writing a citation on a 1966 Chevrolet for being illegally parked at a bus stop when he was suddenly struck in the head by a bullet. Officer Cali was shot by a sniper from a window at the public housing project building located on West Lake Street.

Officer Cali was transported to Cook County Hospital. He never regained consciousness and passed away the following day.

The juvenile shooter had been in an argument with another neighborhood boy earlier in the evening and was waiting for the boy to make another pass on his bicycle. Before the boy made another pass the officers arrived and began to write the citation. The killer then told his cousins he was going to shoot an officer and fired the round, which struck Officer Cali.

Officer Joseph Cali was a veteran of department for a little more than two years and had served the Army in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife and a 3-year-old and 1-year-old daughter. Officer Cali’s services were held at St. Juliana’s Church on Chicago’s Northwest side and interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois.

Officer Cali's killer was sentenced to 20-25 years in prison. He was paroled in 1986 after serving less than half of his sentence.

In December 2016, the N. Northwest Highway Post Office was renamed Officer Joseph P. Cali Post Office Building.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3271

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 19, 1975
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1986

juvenile, sniper

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Officer Cali please look over all of us in the department. Our society has turned volatile towards our profession nation wide. I feel sadden knowing that your children grew up without you. I hope they did well in life. They are around the same age as me. Hope you are resting inn peace.

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Chicago police

October 18, 2020

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