Patrolman John J. Gilhooly

Patrolman John J. Gilhooly

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, November 14, 1969

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John J. Gilhooly

Officer John J. Gilhooly and Officer Frank G. Rappaport were ambushed by a member of the radical group Black Panthers on a false call of a "man with a gun".

As the officers entered a gangway between two buildings the man opened fire with a shotgun from a porch below, striking Officer Rappaport in the chest and Officer Gilhooly in the face and neck. The suspect then shot Officer Rappaport again as he lay on the ground, killing him.

Officer Gilhooly was transported to Billings Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day. The suspect was later shot and killed by other officers.

Officer Gilhooly is survived by his father, brother, and sister.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

Bio

  • Age 21
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge 3502

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 13, 1969
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Patrolman Gilhooly,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

November 14, 2019

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