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 as he and another officer investigated reports of an armed subject in the hallways of an apartment building at the intersection of E. 36th Place and S. Ellis Avenue.

When they arrived on the scene Detective Kraatz commanded the subject to drop his weapon and then walked toward him. The subject began shooting, striking Detective Kraatz in the right shoulder, hip, and stomach.

Other 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.

Detective Kraatz had served with the Chicago Police Department for 24 years.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 5702

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 7, 1953
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

weapons violation

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Rest in peace Patrolman Kraatz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 31, 2020

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