Sergeant Robert "Bobbie Bull" Giovannoni

Sergeant Robert "Bobbie Bull" Giovannoni

McCook Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, July 23, 1956

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Robert "Bobbie Bull" Giovannoni

Patrolman Robert Giovannoni was shot and killed by a 17-year-old suspect who had been taken to the police station after being arrested during a traffic stop by two other officers.

Patrolman Giovannoni, who was the acting desk sergeant, told the boy that he had to pay a cash bond and then left the room to get a drink of water. While he was out of the room the boy took the officer's revolver from the desk and concealed it behind him.

When Patrolman Giovannoni returned the boy pointed the gun at him and told him to get on the floor. As Patrolman Giovannoni complied he suddenly lunged at the suspect. The suspect shot Patrolman Giovannoni in the throat and then again in the back as the officer tried to get up. He was able to call for help into the radio before making it to the front of the police station and collapsing.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of murder.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

juvenile, prisoner custody

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Sgt. Giovannoni's story was read at all Roll Calls today, July 23,2021, the 65th anniversary of his death.

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Giovannoni. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Chief Steven Svetich
McCook Police Department

July 23, 2021

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