Patrolman Patrick J. Gallagher

Patrolman Patrick J. Gallagher

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, April 14, 1931

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Patrick J. Gallagher

Patrolman Patrick J. Gallagher of the Town Hall station died in the Lake View Hospital from bullet wounds he received while trying to quiet a noisy party in the Windsor-Wilson apartments.

According to fellow officer, Policeman Carl Johnson, the suspect promised to quiet down. As the policemen left, the noise began again and they returned to knock on the door. According to officer Johnson, the suspect opened the door and fired two shots, one striking Gallagher in the abdomen.

The 59 year-old suspect, a retired millionaire grain broker, claimed his pistol went off accidentally. He was tried and acquitted November 21, 1931.

Gallagher once received The Tribune Award for Police Heroes. He is survived by four children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 4966

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Acquitted

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Patrolman Gallagher,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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April 14, 2021

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