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

Patrolman John J. Gilhooly and Patrolman Frank G. Rappaport were ambushed by members 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 at 5824 S. King Drive the man opened fire with a shotgun from a porch below, striking Patrolman Rappaport in the chest and Patrolman Gilhooly in the face and neck. The subject then shot Patrolman Rappaport again as he lay on the ground, killing him.

Patrolman Gilhooly was transported to Billings Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day. One subject was shot and killed by other officers and another was wounded. Two more escaped from the scene.

Patrolman Gilhooly had served with the Chicago Police Department for 13 months. He was survived by his father, brother, and sister. His father also served with the Chicago Police Department at the time of the incident.

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.


  • 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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Officer Gilhooly- you are in my prayers

Chief Dan McDevitt
Lansing IL Police Dept and IL State Police

September 18, 2020

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