Police Officer Maurice Leahy, Jr.

Police Officer Maurice Leahy, Jr.

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, July 29, 1921

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Maurice Leahy, Jr.

Police Officer Maurice Leahy succumbed to wounds suffered three days earlier after being involved in a gunbattle with two freight car thieves in Highland Park, Illinois.

Officer Leahy walked in on freight car burglars and was shot once by one suspect. Officer Leahy, having been under fire before, did not fall. He charged at the two suspects and was struck on the head with the butt of a revolver, but again did not fall. Officer Leahy was able to fire five times, killing one suspect. The other suspect was later captured by police. Officer Leahy died three days later of complications from the bullet wound.

Officer Leahy served as a soldier during WWI in the American Expeditionary Force. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 26, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender One shot and killed


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Officer Leahy,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during WW I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 29, 2021

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