Police Officer Fred Eckles, Jr.

Police Officer Fred Eckles, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, January 17, 1984

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Fred Eckles, Jr.

Police Officer Fred Eckles was shot and killed while serving a search warrant at an apartment at 8051 South Maryland Avenue at 8 pm.

Officer Eckles was one of several officers assigned to execute a narcotics warrant. He and his partner announced their office and that they had a warrant. There was no response, and the officers forcibly entered the premises. Upon entry, a gun battle ensued with three armed offenders. Officer Eckles was shot several times during the exchange.

Officer Eckles succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

Officer Eckles had served with the Chicago Police Department for over ten years. He is survived by his five sons, two daughters, a sister, and two grandsons.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years, 7 months
  • Badge 13561

Incident Details

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

narcotics, search warrant

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Hey Fred, this is your cousin Juanita. I missed you and Eleanor’s from your visits on 35th Street to see Aunt Mae and the family. You were a good friend, a faithful cousin and a gentleman. You left us much too soon, BUT GOD, never makes a mistake. Your grandson, Jeffery, was a good reflection of loving family first. He got that from you.

Juanita Zimmerman
First Cousin

February 9, 2023

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