Sergeant Claude M. Fisher

Sergeant Claude M. Fisher

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, April 19, 1966

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Claude M. Fisher

Sergeant Claude Fisher was shot and killed as he thwarted an armed robbery.

Sgt. Fisher, who was off duty, was sitting at the bar in O’Riley’s Tavern at 4622 S. Western, when he observed several suspicious subjects walk by the front of the tavern. A few seconds later, the front door was opened and three men walked in, one armed with a shotgun and another with a revolver, announcing a hold up. Sergeant Fisher and the two armed offenders fired simultaneously. Sergeant Fisher was fatally shot during the gun battle and had apparently wounded one of the offenders. The offender fled the scene.

The following day, Area 4 General Assignment had a suspect in custody for complicity in an assault upon a teacher at Marshall High School. It appeared he had gunshot wounds of the left hand and forearm. Detectives noted the physical similarity to one of the wanted men. Confronted with the evidence, the suspect confessed and gave the names of the other offenders.

The three defendants were indicted by the Grand Jury on April 27, 1966 for Murder and two counts of Robbery. One defendant entered a plea of guilty. On October 17, 1966, the three were sentenced to the Illinois State Penitentiary. The 23-year-old leader of the other two got 100 to 150 years. The other two, ages 18 and 19, were sentenced to 50 to 100 years.

Sgt. Fisher was an 11-year veteran and was assigned to the Prairie District. His wife and five children survive him.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 1570

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender 3 suspects in custody.

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Thank you to all those that have written. It warms my heart to know my Dad made an impact. Kylie, your Grandpa is proud ♡ Thank you to the Chicago Police Department for keeping my father's memory alive through media. I Honor all those that are active/retired/deceased, as they defend our communities so we can have normalcy in our homes and neighborhoods. God bless and watch over our heroes. Karen

Sgt. Fisher's Daughter

November 11, 2018

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