Patrolman William S. Hallaran

Patrolman William S. Hallaran

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, July 16, 1887

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William S. Hallaran

Patrolman William Hallaran was shot and killed by a suspect he had previously arrested near the intersection of Wentworth Avenue and 25th Street.

In 1882 Patrolman Hallaran arrested the suspect for burglary. His testimony at the trial helped convict the suspect and send him to prison. The suspect was sentenced to four years for the burglary. When he was released from prison, the suspect tracked down Patrolman Hallaran and shot and killed him.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of murder. He was sentenced to 35 years of hard labor in the Joliet Prison. A year later the suspect escaped and remained at large for 34 years. He was returned to prison in January of 1923 after he had been arrested for assault with intent to kill the previous July. The suspect died in November 1933.

Patrolman Hallaran served with the Chicago Police Department for less than 10 years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years, 11 months
  • Badge 214

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 35 years


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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase you sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 16, 2020

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