Detective Roy A. Carney

Detective Roy A. Carney

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, April 18, 1958

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Roy A. Carney

Detective Roy Carney was shot and killed by two subjects as he attempted to thwart an armed robbery at 160 E. Marquette Road.

Two men were sitting at the bar, drew guns and announced a robbery. One of the gunmen ushered Detective Carney, his wife, and the other patrons into a back room. The first gunman ordered Detective Carney to lie on the floor and moved to search him. Carney began to wrestle with the gunman who called to the second assailant. The second gunman ran in and fired two shots at Carney. One of the bullets struck him in the left temple. Carney was pronounced dead at St. Bernard's Hospital. Both of the suspects was captured hours later.

Both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. After the Illinois Supreme Court reversed and remanded the case they got a new trial and were sentenced to 199 years. The killer was paroled in 1975.

In 1954 Carney was assigned to the robbery detail in the "little detective bureau" of the Woodlawn precinct. In that same year, he assisted in breaking up a gang responsible for some 200 cleaning store robberies.

Detective Carney is survived by his wife and two children. His father, Roy Carney, Sr. is a Chicago Police veteran of 23 years attached to the Prairie Avenue Station.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 7603

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1975

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This is amazing that 62 years later, Roy Carney is still remembered by so many. I was just thinking of my mother who adopted me when I was 3 with my brother. She would talk of Roy and how it all went down his last night with her. They were getting ready to catch a movie and dinner and she was totally in love with him and her heart carried the grief of that day always. My mother was his wife Carrie Carney and it was at her tavern when his life was taken. He was a lion for his wife that day. And because of her stories, makes me understand the perils of being an officer and the joy of being this mans’ wife. I came here just researching but i have to leave my reflection after seeing you beautiful people to this day impacted by this officer and mans’ life when many are forgotten after very little time. Godbless the Carneys and his legacy. I’m Whitney Thornton and my mother passed on in 2011. But because of her, this stranger can go ahead and give a tip of the hat to a man that my mother adored as a token of my respect.

Whitney Thornton

October 1, 2020

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