Patrolman John J. Matonich

Patrolman John J. Matonich

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, October 16, 1970

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John J. Matonich

Patrolman John Matonich was shot and killed while investigating an incident on Madison Street in front of Gate 1 of the Chicago Stadium, where he had been assigned for traffic duty.

A subject had just robbed a cab driver of cash and then stole the taxi. As he fled he crashed into two parked cars in front of the stadium. When Patrolman Matonich went to investigate he was shot by the suspect five times. Other officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Patrolman Matonich had served with the Chicago Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5670

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Patrolman Matonich,
On today, the 50th 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.


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October 16, 2020

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