Patrolman Daniel Crowley

Patrolman Daniel Crowley

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, August 4, 1881

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Daniel Crowley

Officer Daniel Crowley succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 10 days earlier when he encountered an intoxicated pedestrian at Quincy and DesPlaines Streets. The man pointed a revolver at the officer’s chest. When Officer Crowley heard the click of the hammer, he deflected the gun the instant it was fired. The bullet entered the officer’s leg. Although the bullet was removed, infection spread and the officer died 9 days later.

Officer Crowley's killer was arrested and sentenced to five years in Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet.

Officer Crowley had served with the Chicago Police Department for just less than four years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years, 11 months
  • Badge 296

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 25, 1881
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 5 year prison sentence

alcohol violation

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Patrolman Crowley,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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August 4, 2021

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