Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 18 years, 7 months, 16 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 33 - Summerdale

District of Incident (Present Day): 024 - Rogers Park

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 50


Date of Birth: 4 Jul 1874

Date of Appointment: 26 Oct 1906

Date of Incident: 024 - Rogers Park

End of Watch: 11 Jun 1925

Date of Interment: 16 Jun 1925


Interment Details

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


Memorial Details

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 # 23-E: 16

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Edward Ernest Dean, Star #4480, aged 50 years, was an 18 year, 7 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 33 – Summerdale.

On June 11, 1925, at 3:10 a.m., Officer Dean was on duty and detailed to escort a clerk, Richard Kane of the Chicago Motor Coach Company located at 124 West Rosemont Avenue to the bank with the company’s payroll. While in the office with King, four masked men, one armed with a shotgun, entered and were intent on stealing the $10,000.00 payroll. Officer Dean drew his revolver and exchanged shots with the gunman almost immediately upon the robbers’ arrival. Officer Dean prevented the robbery as the robbers scattered and fled the scene, but not before Officer Dean was shot. He was struck multiple times in the abdomen and was rushed to the hospital. He underwent an emergency surgery and blood transfusion. A medical student, J. Robert Chore, donated the blood. Despite the efforts of doctors, Officer Dean succumbed to his injuries dying the same day.

The four robbers made good their escape and have never been identified.

Officer Dean’s funeral mass was held at the chapel at D.M. Carroll undertaking rooms located at 1158 North Clark Street. He was laid to rest on June 16, 1925 in Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Edward Ernest Dean, born July 4, 1874, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 26, 1906.

Officer Dean was survived by his wife, Katherine.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #7891.