Officer John B. Frost

Officer John B. Frost

Lombard Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 3, 1936

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John B. Frost

Officer John Frost was shot and killed while chasing three subjects who had just escaped his custody.

Officer Frost had arrested the three individuals after finding them asleep in a stolen car at approximately 5:00 am. While driving them to the police station one of the suspects produced a handgun and ordered him out of the car. Officer Frost then commandeered a passing vehicle and gave chase. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire on North Avenue.

One 16 year-old suspect turned himself in and the other two suspects, a 22 year-old man and his 19 year-old girlfriend, were later arrested and sentenced to 199 years in prison. The 16 year-old was sentenced to probation. The girl was released a few weeks later.

Before the suspects were arrested in Chicago, two Berwyn Police officers recognized them in the stolen police car and gave chase. As they were about to overtake them in Berwyn they crashed their police car into a truck. Both officers were seriously injured. The driver of the truck was killed.

Officer Frost had served with the Lombard Police Department for 13 years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 199 years

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This incident was a sad quadruple tragedy. An officer dead, two badly hurt, and a man killed. The boy had just been released from prison a few days earlier after serving less than a year. He had pushed a store clerk aside and robbed the cash register. This was just one crime in a long list of crimes he had committed since childhood. Then as now there were a lot of newspapers with articles about our too lax parole system.

David Weeks

July 22, 2020

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