Patrolman John Keegan

Patrolman John Keegan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 1887

Add to My Heroes

John Keegan

Officer John Keegan was found with a fatal gunshot wound several hours after failing to check in with his station.

While patrolling his beat, Officer Keegan would report to the station from a patrol box every hour, confirming that all is well. Abruptly, the calls stopped coming after 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 3. Hours later, Officer Keegan was found mortally wounded with a gunshot wound to the head near Albany Avenue and Polk Street. His murder remains unsolved.

Officer Keegan was assigned to the West Madison Street station. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 768

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

Most Recent Reflection

View all 7 Reflections

No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 4, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.