Police Officer John A. Machajewski

Police Officer John A. Machajewski

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, December 23, 1981

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John A. Machajewski

Officer Machajewski and Officer Charles Mehlberg were shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery call at a local bar. The officers observed a man run by them carrying a woman's bag and they began to pursue him. The suspect set up an ambush and shot the officers as they neared him. The man was then arrested by other responding officers.

The suspect was convicted of both murders and sentenced to two life sentences plus 110 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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John, we started our police careers together in Milwaukee Police Academy class 2-78, you sat in front of me for the 4 months of training. Your watch ended tragically before Christmas 1981 leaving behind a wife and young child. I am nearing the end of my career, 40 years in. Some of us have been lucky, you are still remembered brother.

David R. Umhoefer Deputy Chief Of Police
Wisconsin State Fair Park Police Department

November 2, 2017

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