Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson

Patrolman Joseph F. Ferguson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, December 27, 1968

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.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Life sentence

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Happy 75th birthday, Daddy! You were taken from us almost 50 years ago, but have never been forgotten by anyone who knew you.

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