Patrolman Lawrence C. Hartnett

Patrolman Lawrence C. Hartnett

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, October 27, 1923

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Lawrence C. Hartnett

Patrolman Lawrence C. Hartnett was shot and killed when he and another officer raided an Italian grocery store that was selling illegal alcohol.

When the officers entered, the family who ran the store began pouring the alcohol down a sink to destroy the evidence. A female family member threw scalding water at the officers to delay them. When that failed, a 17 year old family member opened fire on the officers, killing Patrolman Hartnett and wounding his partner. The killer was arrested the following day and charged with murder.

The 17-year-old, his mother, father, and both grandparents were charged with murder. All five were tried and acquitted. The jury said the boy was defending his home.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3044

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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RIP Patrolman Hartnett. Thank you for your service to the Chicago community you selflessly served. You will not be forgotten.

V.K.Mary, 911 Communications Officer, Harris County Sheriffs Office, Houston, in the Great State of Texas

December 9, 2019

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