Patrolman Michael J. Lynch

Patrolman Michael J. Lynch

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1928

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Michael J. Lynch

Patrolman Michael J. Lynch, on special detail at an A and P store at 458 E. 37th Street, was shot to death at 5:35 P.M. by one of two bandits when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress. A third accomplice was acting as a lookout in front of the store.

The armed men escaped but on December 11th, they were booked for murder after making a confession and on December 12th all three were held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner.

It was discovered, Patrolman Lynch's 22-year-old killer had murdered two men in two different Chicago drugstore hold-ups earlier in the same year. One was the owner of his drugstore and the other a customer. He was convicted of all three murders and sentenced to life plus two 50 year terms. In 1967 his sentences were commuted to 13 years making him eligible for parole.

Patrolman Lynch was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5343

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life and 100 years

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Thank you Officer Halloran for remembering my Uncle, Joe Lynch. As my grandfather died when my mother Rita was an infant, the only stories I ever heard about my grandfather were from Joe. Joe was a great son, brother, and uncle. He took care of his family when they were in need. My grandfather would have been proud of him.

I am honored to be your granddaughter Michael Lynch. Even though we never met, I have always had a special place in my heart for you.

Peggy Schott

October 31, 2014

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