Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson

Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, December 27, 1968

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Joseph F. Ferguson

Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson was shot and killed while questioning three suspicious men.

Patrolman Ferguson and his partner stopped three men because they saw a bulge under one of the men's coat. One of the men convinced them that he was not with the remaining two suspects and was allowed to leave. A gun was found during a search of the others and they were placed under arrest.

During the arrest, the first man returned to the scene with a handgun he obtained at a nearby barbershop. The patrolmen were ordered to drop their weapons and to enter their patrol car with the offenders. Patrolman Ferguson’s partner drew his backup weapon and a gun battle ensued. Patrolman Ferguson was struck four times; he succumbed to his wounds. His partner suffered minor shrapnel wounds.

Patrolman Ferguson is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 6892

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Life sentence

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Rest in peace Patrolman Ferguson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 30, 2019

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