Police Officer Harl G. Meister

Police Officer Harl G. Meister

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, December 23, 1974

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Harl G. Meister

Officer Harl G. Meister, was shot to death in a robbery attempt at 5601 South Cicero Avenue. His 8-year old son was shot in the jaw and shoulder during the attack.

Officer Meister was able to draw his revolver and fire before he was killed. One 16-year old suspect was apprehended a block from the shooting scene, and another suspect was taken into custody three hours later.

Officer Meister was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Officer Meister had been assigned to the Marquette District for his six and a half year tenure on the force. He was awarded several honorable mentions during his career and also spent six months assigned to the department’s Special Operations Group.

Officer Harl G. Meister is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 10054

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Officer Meister has not been forgotten and neither has your family. Hope to see you and yours at a Chicago Police Memorial Foundation event.

Elizabeth Ferguson Dolinsky
CPD Gold Star Family

December 23, 2018

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