Patrolman Leo Grant

Patrolman Leo Grant

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 1927

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Leo Grant

Patrolman Leo Grant was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three convicted murderers who had escaped from the Will County Jail in Joliet.

The three convicts forced a cab driver to drive them to Chicago where they were intercepted and forced to the curb by Officer Grant and two other officers. In a resulting gunfight Officer Grant was killed and another officer and the cab driver were seriously wounded. One of the suspects was mortally wounded, one was captured, and the other suspect escaped.

The three suspects along with three other murderers were in the Joliet Jail awaiting their execution for having killed Deputy Warden Peter N. Klein of the Illinois Department of Corrections on May 5th, 1926. The suspect who was captured after Officer Grant was killed was hanged for murdering Warden Klein on July 15th, 1927.

Patrolman Grant was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3751

Incident Details

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

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Officer Grant's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 8-16-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

August 17, 2018

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