Patrolman Peter M. Hart

Patrolman Peter M. Hart

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, January 20, 1913

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Peter M. Hart

Officer Peter Hart suffered a fatal gunshot wound during an arrest.

The Chicago Police Department received information on the residence of the leader of a notorious gang of armed robbers. Officer Peter Hart was assigned to hide in the offender's apartment and apprehend him. When the offender returned home, Officer Hart attempted to place him under arrest. A fierce struggle ensued, resulting in Officer Hart sustaining a fatal gunshot wound.

The suspect was captured in Chicago on February
14, 1913. He was convicted of Officer Hart's murder and sentenced to life in prison on May 22, 1913. He was paroled on May 22, 1948. His gang was the first to use automobiles in robberies in the United States.

Officer Hart is buried at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1224

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1948

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Officer Hart's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 5-14-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

May 14, 2018

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