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 at 914 West Polk Street in Chicago.

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 subject 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.

Patrolman Hartnett had served with the Chicago Police Department for 4 1/2 years assigned to District 16- Maxwell. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sisters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years, 6 months
  • Badge 3044

Incident Details

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

alcohol violation, Raid

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Patrolman Hartnett,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


United States Border Patrol

October 27, 2023

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