Police Officer Gerald Leo Wright

Police Officer Gerald Leo Wright

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, August 7, 1993

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Gerald Leo Wright

Police Officer Gerald L. Wright was shot and killed on his way home from his shift.

At about 11:30 p.m., at 934 West 79th Street, Officer Wright stopped into a store to visit the owners. When he went out to talk to a man standing outside the store, shots rang out from across the street in front of 942 W. 79th Street.

Two gang members, including one 16-year-old, opened fire in retaliation for a previous shooting in the area.

Officer Wright was shot in the back. He was transported to Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died during surgery at 3:18 a.m. Saturday morning.

Officer Wright had served with the Chicago Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his son and two daughters.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 3845

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Tech-9
  • Offender Arrested and charged

gang member, juvenile offender, retaliation

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Dad, thinking of all of our family time, your memories of Christmas past hang on my tree.
I wonder often what our family life would be had you not left us so soon, my heart is very heavy missing you at Christmas, you missed being a great grandfather to Christopher’s son who reminds me so much of Chris at this age , looks identical to his father.
When I look at him I have great memories of what a good grandfather you were and sad that you never met your other grandchildren.
You live in my memories forever young .
Love you,
Sandy Ann


February 16, 2019

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