Patrolman Patrick Duffy

Patrolman Patrick Duffy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 1, 1902

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Patrick Duffy

Officer Patrick Duffy was shot and killed as he attempted to make an arrest.

Officer Duffy observed a wanted offender standing in front of a church. As he attempted to arrest the subject, Officer Duffy was attacked by a second man. As he turned to face his assailant, the first offender pulled out a gun and fired, fatally wounding Officer Duffy.

The second man was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 14 years. He always contended he was not the shooter. In 1909 he was released from prison when authorities discovered Officer Duffy's real killer was in San Quentin Prison in California. After serving a sentence for forgery he was released a year later and returned to Chicago. He was convicted of Officer Duffy's murder and sentenced to prison.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1190

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Duffy's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 4-6-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

April 6, 2018

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