Police Officer James E. Doyle

Police Officer James E. Doyle

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1982

James E. Doyle

Patrolman 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 robber was now on a nearby bus at 79th and Lafayette. The officers boarded the bus and were in the process of removing the suspect for questioning when he shot Officer Doyle in the head. He turned and fired at the second officer, but missed. The second officer returned fire, striking the assailant and preventing his escape.

Officer James Doyle is survived by his mother and a nephew.

The killer was convicted and sentenced to death. On January 10, 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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 9093

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence. Commuted

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Jim’s death was the beginning of a very long and sad week in the history of the CPD. RIP JIM

Peter F. Dignan, Lt.

February 7, 2018

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