Patrolman Thomas Kelma

Patrolman Thomas Kelma

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, May 31, 1935

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Thomas Kelma

Officer Thomas Kelma was shot and mortally wounded while attempting to arrest four armed robbers. Officer Kelma observed four armed robbers enter a lounge. As Officer Kelma intervened, a struggle ensued. The gunmen fired at the officer and fled. Officer Kelma succumbed to his wounds.

All four suspects were arrested and charged with Officer Kelma's murder. On July 26, 1935, one of the suspects was sentenced to life in prison; another one got 14 years; and one suspect hanged himself in his jail cell just before he was to be sentenced.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 427

Incident Details

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

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Patrolman Kelma, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 21, 2019

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