Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Lincoln Park Police Department

Served: Length of Service Unknown

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Unit of Assignment Unknown

District of Incident (Present Day): 018 - Near North

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)

Age at Time of Death: 27


Date of Birth: 23 Oct 1902

Date of Appointment:

Date of Incident: 018 - Near North

End of Watch: 10 Mar 1930

Date of Interment: 13 Mar 1930


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Irving Park Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Park Policeman Robert F. Haferkamp, Star # Unknown, aged 27 years, was a veteran of the Lincoln Park Police Department, unit of assignment unknown.

On March 10, 1930, at 3:30 a.m., Officer Haferkamp was on duty at 2025 North Racine Avenue on the 3rd floor and was shot by Lincoln Park Policeman Leo Horn. It is unknown the exact course of events which led to the tragedy.

On March 10, 1930, Horn was arrested and booked for murder. On March 20, 1930, Horn was exonerated by the Coroner, who pronounced the incident an accident. On March 21, 1930, Horn’s case was discharged by Judge Sbarboro.

Officer Haferkamp was waked at a chapel located at 2701 North Clark Street, his funeral mass was also held at the chapel. He was laid to rest on March 13, 1930 in Irving Park Cemetery, 7777 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Park Policeman Robert F. Haferkamp was born on October 23, 1902.

Officer Haferkamp was a Master Mason and a member of Kelvyn Lodge No. 1075 AF&AM. He was survived by his wife, Emily (nee Mans), age 24; children: Dolores, Francis Roberta, age 7 months, Mary Grace, age 3 and Marlon; mother, Anna and siblings: Clara Katz, George, Lillie, and Walter.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #10169.

The Lincoln Park Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on April 30, 1934. On May 1, 1934, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department, which was organized on the same date. Three park District police departments, Lincoln, West, and South were consolidated into the Chicago Park District Police Department. Fallen Officer of the Lincoln Park Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.