Police Officer Bruce N. Garrison

Police Officer Bruce N. Garrison

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, February 27, 1974

Bruce N. Garrison

Patrolman Bruce N. Garrison and his partner, Patrolman William C. Marsek were killed during an arrest of a wanted fugitive.

The two officers, assigned to Area Six Special Operations, observed the man enter a tavern. When the officers entered the tavern they could not see because of the poor lighting. As the officers moved further inside, the wanted subject opened fire, striking the officers in the head and chest.

The assailant fled to Wisconsin. He was killed in a gun battle with Milwaukee Police.

Patrolman Garrison had served with the agency for 3.5 years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 14775

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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9-17-2015, I grew up with Bruce. I remember when he and Diane Carr were married. I went on the job a little later and was working the night Bruce and Billy were killed.
Today a friend who attended Chicago Police Vigil sent me a video and the first scene shows an officer holding a photo of Bruce - it's been over 40 years. God bless you

mike kerrigan civilian
friend first followed by CPD

September 17, 2015

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