Patrolman John J. Freichel

Patrolman John J. Freichel

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 23, 1936

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John J. Freichel

Patrolman John Freichel was shot and killed by an assailant he had previously arrested.

Patrolman Freichel accidentally bumped into the suspect as he entered a bar. The offender approached the officer from behind and pulled out a gun and fired. He then ran about a block away and shot himself in the head, seriously wounding himself. He died five days later.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3710

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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It was an honor to read your name among the 567 heroes of the Chicago Police Department during last night's Candlelight Vigil at Gold Star Families and Memorial Park. Your service, and your family's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mark Hannan

September 18, 2013

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