Patrolman William Holmes

Patrolman William Holmes

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, December 24, 1924

William Holmes

Patrolman William Holmes was shot and fatally wounded while walking his beat with his partner on Christmas Eve.

Officer Holmes was searching for two gunmen who had just robbed a citizen. When Officer Holmes spotted the armed offenders on the street, he attempted to place them under arrest. One gunman resisted, displayed a revolver, and fired. Officer Homes was struck and mortally wounded; his partner was also wounded. Other officers responded and killed the first suspect, however the second suspect escaped.

On June 22, 1925 a murder suspect who had been involved in the killings of lawmen Conrad, Dunigan, and McParlin was hanged in Washington DC. The suspect claimed to have committed 12 murders, including a policeman in Chicago, possibly Officer Holmes.

Patrolman Holmes had been assigned to 2A District and is buried in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4042

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Holmes's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 11-27-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

November 26, 2018

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