Patrolman William A. Flowers

Patrolman William A. Flowers

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, October 26, 1960

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William A. Flowers

Patrolman William A. Flowers and his partner were working the third watch in citizen’s dress in the 27th District Station. A subject came in and told the officers he was having trouble with another man who was having an affair with his wife. The complainant added that this adulterer had threatened him several times and that he would call the station when he knew he was at home.

At about 9:00 p.m., Patrolman Flowers and his partner received a call from the complainant stating that the subject was in his apartment. They met the complainant and went to the manager’s apartment in the building. The manager told the officers to be careful of the suspect, as he was known to have several weapons in his apartment.

The officers then proceeded to have the complainant point out he apartment from the alley entrance. As they reached the alley and entered, the offender walked into the alley with a gun in his hand and immediately opened fire on both officers and the complainant. Patrolman William Flowers fell, fatally shot; he never had a chance to draw his weapon. His partner drew his gun and fired several times at the assailant. The shooter ran into the apartment building and up to his third floor apartment with the officer chasing him, both exchanging fire during the chase. Additional officers began arriving at the scene and entered the gunman's apartment where he was found lying on the floor, wounded.

Patrolman Flowers was rushed to Illinois Research Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

The officer's killer was also taken to the Illinois Research Hospital, treated and confined under police guard with six gunshot wounds. He recovered from his wounds and was charged with the murder of Patrolman William Flowers.

On March 6, 1961 Patrolman Flowers’ killer was found guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary. On May 1, 1961 he pleaded guilty to Assault to Murder and was sentenced to 5 to 14 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1872

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender 25 year prison sentence

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Rest in peace Patrolman Flowers.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 14, 2019

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