Chief of Detectives Patrick Gill

Chief of Detectives Patrick Gill

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, September 6, 1908

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Patrick Gill

Detective Patrick Gill was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a residential burglary call. The suspects had struck several homes in the area. Neighbors who observed the men leave one home and enter another called police.

Upon arrival at the scene the officers exchanged shots with the suspects. Detective Gill was fatally wounded and the other officer was seriously wounded, but recovered.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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The other officer that was wounded, Ransom Payne, later became Chief-of-Police for East St Louis, and was chief during the Race Riot of July 2,1917. Chief Payne was my great uncle, and I'm a retired police sergeant with the Mt Vernon, Il Police Dept.

(ret) SGT Roy E. Payne
Mt Vernon, Il Police Dept

February 17, 2017

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