Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 4 months, 21 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 2, 4th Precinct - Cottage Grove
District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 27
Date of Birth: 1881
Date of Appointment: 15 Feb 1907
Date of Incident: 001 - Central
End of Watch: 06 Jul 1909
Date of Interment: 09 Jul 1909
Cemetery: Graceland Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: REMOVED
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
Patrolman Joseph A. Dozier, Star #934, aged 27 years, was a 2 year, 4 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2, 4th Precinct – Cottage Grove.
On July 6, 1909, at 3:15 a.m., Patrolman Dozier was shot at 2208 South Dearborn Street by his brother-in-law Izah Holt. Very little is known concerning the details of Officer Dozier’s murder. He is listed in the 1909 Report of the General Superintendent of Police as an officer “Killed in the Discharge of Duty.”
Izah Holt was arrested and later acquitted.
Officer Dozier was waked at his residence located at 2208 South Dearborn Street. He was laid to rest on July 9, 1909 in Graceland Cemetery, 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Joseph A. Dozier, born in 1881, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 15, 1907.
Officer Dozier was survived by his wife.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #2844.
On October 14, 1910, Officer Dozier’s star was retired by General Superintendent LeRoy T. Steward and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 505, Office of the Superintendent of Police. Officer Dozier ‘s star was one of fourteen stars added to the newly instituted memorial to preserve the memory of officers killed in the line of duty. The tradition of retiring a star number was born. Officer Dozier’s star was later removed from the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case due to controversy surrounding his death.