Patrolman Joseph Kurtz

Patrolman Joseph Kurtz

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, June 7, 1921

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Joseph Kurtz

Patrolman Joseph Kurtz, of the 17th Precinct, was fatally shot at 7:45 p.m. at the southeast corner of 17th and Canal Streets; He died on the way to the hospital.

Patrolman Joseph Kurtz and his partner responded to the scene of a "battery in progress" with two brothers. As Officer Kurtz attempted to subdue one offender, his partner struggled with the other. During the struggle, the second brother gained control of the partner's gun and fired, fatally striking Officer Kurtz.

On June 9, 1921, Officer Kurtz's killer was held to the Grand Jury on a charge of murder and his accomplice was held as an accessory. On October 19, 1921, the killer was acquitted and the case against the accomplice was Nolle Prossed by Judge Fitch.

Patrolman Kurtz was a United States Navy veteran of World War I and had served with the Chicago Police Department for only two weeks.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 weeks
  • Badge 2711
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

arrest attempt, assault

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Patrolman Kurtz,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 7, 2021

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