Constable Ernest Mueller

Constable Ernest Mueller

Frankfort Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, July 11, 1924

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Ernest Mueller

Constable Ernest Mueller was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle just east of Frankfort. Several youths had noticed the vehicle and notified Constable Mueller.

The constable and his son drove to the area and located the vehicle a short distance away. Constable Mueller stopped the vehicle and informed the driver that he would have to return to Frankfort for questioning. As Constable Mueller stepped onto the running board the occupant opened fire, killing him instantly.

Constable Mueller's son and the other youths took Constable Mueller to a local funeral home. The suspects were located several days later and were pursued a short distance. The male subject was able to flee on foot but the female subject was taken into custody. The male remained at large for eight years until being arrested in Toledo, Ohio, after becoming severely frozen while hitchhiking, resulting in the amputation of both of his feet. No charges were filed against the suspect in Illinois because of the amputation and the belief that his criminal career had ended.

Constable Mueller had served with the Frankfort Police Department for only two months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested in 1932

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 11, 2020

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