Patrolman Melvin A. Galloway, Jr.

Patrolman Melvin A. Galloway, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, March 21, 1971

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Melvin A. Galloway, Jr.

Patrolman Melvin A. Galloway, Jr. was killed in a shootout in a west side tavern at 5611 West Grand Avenue.

He was one of two policemen who were working in plainclothes to investigate an alleged prostitution ring at the bar.

Inside the lounge, Patrolman Galloway observed a fight break out. As he interceded, one of the aggressors displayed a blade. As Patrolman Galloway struggled with the knife-wielding attacker, other officers came to his aid. During the struggle, the assailant gained control of another officers' service revolver and fired one shot, fatally wounding Patrolman Galloway.

Another officer shot and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Galloway was a member of the Austin District Tactical Unit. He is survived by his son, parents, sister, and two step-brothers.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 13794

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

fight call, plainclothes

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Patrolman Galloway,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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