Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 19 years, 2 months, 1 day
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 20 - Warren
District of Incident (Present Day): 012 - Near West
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 51
Date of Birth: 11 Mar 1874
Date of Appointment: 06 Apr 1906
Date of Incident: 012 - Near West
End of Watch: 07 Jun 1925
Date of Interment: 09 Jun 1925
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 14
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 25-E: 5
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Joseph P. Baggott, Star #3125, aged 51 years, was a 19 year, 2 month, 1 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 20 – Warren.
On June 7, 1925, at 3:55 a.m., Officer Baggott was on patrol when he was approached by a citizen, Arthur Medley, who had been shot at 2352 West Walnut Street. Medley ran to Officer Baggot for assistance, but before he could help, George Galloway, interrupted and shot Medley again striking him in the abdomen. Galloway then turned the gun on Officer Baggott shooting him in the chest just below his heart. As Baggott collapsed to the ground, he was able to draw his weapon and fire at Galloway. Galloway was struck four times and was killed instantly. Mr. Medley and Officer Baggott were taken to Washington Park Hospital. Baggott succumbed to his wounds at 9:40 a.m. the same day. Medley succumbed to his wounds the next day on June 13, 1925.
Officer Baggott was waked at D M Carroll chapel located at 1158 North Clark Street. His funeral mass was held in Kilbourn, Wisconsin. He was laid to rest on June 9, 1925 in Calvary Cemetery, 200-1099 Indiana Avenue, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Patrolman Joseph P. Baggott, born March 11, 1874, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 6, 1906. He earned 7 Credible Mentions during his career.
Officer Baggott was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his siblings: Jerome, John, Margaret and Mary.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #8541.