Patrolman William George Gagler

Patrolman William George Gagler

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, June 19, 1932

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William George Gagler

Patrolman William G. Gagler was fatally shot as he and two other officers served a larceny warrant. The officers located the suspect in front of his apartment building at 3117 S State Street and read the warrant to him. The man then asked to go inside to obtain a coat. The request was granted and Patrolman Gagler accompanied him to his apartment.

The suspect put on his coat and Patrolman Gagler began to follow him into the hallway when the suspect suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire. Patrolman Gagler was struck in the abdomen, leg, and twice in the arm. Although seriously wounded, he was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the abdomen four times.

Patrolman Gagler was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died of his wounds the following day. The suspect took himself to another hospital where he also died of his wounds.

Patrolman Gagler was assigned to the Pekin Inn Station. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1634

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 18, 1932
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

warrant service

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Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 19, 2020

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