Patrolman Charles C. Kraatz

Patrolman Charles C. Kraatz

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, May 8, 1953

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Charles C. Kraatz

Detective Charles C. Kraatz was killed by a berserk gunman.

Two squads arrived simultaneously at 724 East 36th Street after receiving a call that a man was firing a gun in the hallway of an apartment building.

Kraatz commanded the suspect to drop his weapon, and walked toward him. The offender began shooting, striking the detective in the right shoulder, hip and stomach.

Back up officers returned fire and killed the assailant. Records later showed the gunman was on probation for carrying a concealed weapon.

Detective Kraatz was transported to Michael Reese Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5702

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 7, 1953
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 8, 2012

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