Patrolman George W. Daugherty

Patrolman George W. Daugherty

Evanston Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1885

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George W. Daugherty

Patrolman George Daugherty was shot and killed while chasing a man he erroneously suspected of being a burglar.

As a father and his 14-year-old son were going duck hunting at 2:30 am, the man was carrying a box of duck decoys which Patrolman Daugherty mistakenly took to be a box of stolen goods. He ordered the two to halt, but both subjects began to run in opposite directions. Patrolman Daugherty took up the chase, then fired a warning shot alongside the fleeing man. The man returned fire with a shotgun, fatally wounding Patrolman Daugherty who died later that evening.

The suspect was tried for murder, but after testimony from both the father and his son that they had mistaken Patrolman Daugherty and his partner for robbers in the darkness, the father was acquitted.

Patrolman Daugherty had served with the Evanston Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Officer Daugherty's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 12-03-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

December 3, 2016

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