Deputy U.S. Marshal Roy L. Frakes

Deputy U.S. Marshal Roy L. Frakes

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, July 20, 1992

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Roy L. Frakes

Deputy Marshal Roy Frakes and Special Deputy Marshal Harry Belluomini were shot and killed by a prisoner who was attempting to escape from the Everett M. Dirkson U.S. Courthouse at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois.

The prisoner had removed his handcuffs with a smuggled key, assaulted a guard in the basement of the courthouse, and took her revolver. As he attempted to escape from the basement, he encountered Deputy Marshal Frakes and shot him twice.

Special Deputy Marshal Belluomini then confronted the prisoner, and the two exchanged gunfire. Special Deputy Marshal Belluomini was mortally wounded, and the suspect was seriously wounded. The man then committed suicide.

The prisoner who smuggled the handcuff key to the shooter was convicted of perjury and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Deputy Marshal Frakes had served with the Marshals Service for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

attending court, escape attempt

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Rest in peace Deputy US Marshal Frakes.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 30, 2023

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