Patrolman Casper Lauer

Patrolman Casper Lauer

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 18, 1854

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Casper Lauer

Patrolman Casper Lauer was stabbed to death while walking a suspect to the station after arresting the intoxicated man for fighting with his parents.

At the intersection of Jackson Street and Edina Place (currently known as Plymouth Court) the suspect began to struggle, produced a knife, and stabbed Patrolman Lauer in the left side with the blade passing between two ribs. Despite the wound Patrolman Lauer was able to strike two heavy blows to the suspect's head with his department-issued cane. The suspect fell to the ground bleeding profusely.

Patrolman Lauer secured the murder weapon and ordered the crowd not to let the suspect escape. After stopping a passing wagon Patrolman Lauer was taken to the nearest drug store where he died shortly thereafter.

The photograph of Patrolman Lauer was taken after his death and is the only known photograph taken of him.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge A1

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Apprehended

arrest, domestic

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