Patrolman Edward F. Finnegan

Patrolman Edward F. Finnegan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 1926

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Edward F. Finnegan

Patrolman Edward F. Finnegan was shot and killed while transporting two prisoners whom he had just arrested.

The men were riding in the backseat of the patrol car when one of them suddenly pulled out a revolver and shot Patrolman Finnegan in the head twice. They threw his body onto the roadway at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Pershing Road before fleeing. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

The 19-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and hanged at the Cook County Jail on October 29th, 1926.

Patrolman Finnegan was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3444

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1926


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Rest in peace Patrolman Finnegan.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 23, 2019

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