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 members 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.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3044

Incident Details

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

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Officer Hartnett's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-27-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

September 27, 2018

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