Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 8 years, 0 months, 3 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 18, 23rd Precinct - Austin

District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 34


Date of Birth: 05 Jun 1885

Date of Appointment: 15 Sep 1911

Date of Incident: 009 - Deering

End of Watch: 18 Sep 1919

Date of Interment: 20 Sep 1919


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. Mary Cemetery - DeKalb, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 8, Lot 80, Block 3
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-5

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 23

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 57

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2-W: 17

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Daniel Joseph Carton, Star #3216, aged 34 years, was an 8 year, 0 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 18, 23rd Precinct – Austin.

On July 30, 1919, Officer Carton was assigned to maintain order during a period of civil unrest. Tensions were running high in the city and disagreements turned bloody at the drop of a hat. Officer Carton attempted to quell a barroom scuffle in a saloon at 43rd Street and Union Avenue. After intervening in the fight, John Ward produced a gun and fired at Officer Carton. Officer Carton was struck and mortally wounded but was able to return fire. Ward was struck by the return fire and died from his wounds the next day on September 19, 1919. Officer Carton was taken to the hospital where he was treated. He survived for seven weeks before succumbing to his injuries on September 18, 1919.

Officer Carton was laid to rest on September 20, 1919 in St. Mary Cemetery, 531 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 8, Lot 80, Block 3.

Patrolman Daniel J. Carton, born June 5, 1885, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 15, 1911.

Officer Carton was survived by his children: Francis A. and Mary E. Carton O’Brien.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #3317.