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 in the parking lot of a discount store at 5601 South Cicero Avenue. He and his 8-year-old son were attempting to leave after a last minute Christmas shopping trip when four youths attempted to rob him. His son was shot in the jaw and shoulder during the attack and was taken to a hospital in critical condition

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 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody three hours later. The other two, ages 17 and 18, were apprehended a few hours later.

Officer Meister was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His son recovered fully from his wounds.

A year later the 16-year-old who killed Officer Meister was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 to 50 years. Two others were sentenced to 14 to 20 years and 3 to 9 years. The fourth suspect received a very light sentence for attempted armed robbery.

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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Blessings to your family. May you rest in peace.

Beth Ferguson Dolinsky
Daughter of Joseph F Ferguson, EOW 12-27-68

December 23, 2019

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