Police Officer James E. Doyle

Police Officer James E. Doyle

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1982

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James E. Doyle

Police Officer James E. Doyle was shot to death aboard a South Side CTA bus.

The shooting occurred after Officer Doyle and his partner were approached by an individual who stated he had been robbed and that the suspect was now on a nearby bus at 79th Street and Lafayette Avenue. The officers boarded the bus and were in the process of removing the suspect for questioning when he shot Officer Doyle in the head. The man turned and fired at the second officer, but missed. The second officer returned fire, striking the assailant and preventing his escape.

The killer was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On January 10th, 2003, the governor at the time, George Ryan commuted his sentence, along with those of all 164 other inmates on death row, to life in prison.

Officer James Doyle had served with the Chicago Police Department for one year. He is survived by his mother and a nephew.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 9093

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence commuted


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Officer Doyle,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 5, 2022

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