Patrolman Patrick Melia

Patrolman Patrick Melia

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, April 27, 1910

Patrick Melia

Patrolman Patrick Melia was shot and killled during a burglary of a rail yard.

Officer Melia was patrolling a railroad yard in the early morning hours when he encountered offenders stealing merchandise from train cars. One of the assailants raised a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun from under his coat and fired, striking Officer Melia. Officer Melia died at the scene.

Officer Melia's murderer committed suicide in a cell at the stockyards station. He did confess to firing a volley of buckshot into the heart of Officer Melia.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 2243

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed Suicide

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Patrick was my great uncle, my grandmother had brought her little brother over from Galway Ireland to America. I saw this photo for the 1st time today and I am struck by how much my 1st cousin looks so much like him. I can only try to imagine the pain my grandmother felt. God bless his soul. I am sorry that I never knew him.

Kathleen Margaret Rooney
Great Neice

August 10, 2015

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