Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 7 years, 4 months, 28 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 051 - Area 1 Task Force
District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 33
Date of Birth: 05 Jul 1928
Date of Appointment: 04 May 1955
Date of Incident: 002 - Wentworth
End of Watch: 01 Oct 1962
Date of Interment: 06 Oct 1962
Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-4
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 18
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3, Line 10
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 36-E: 4
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Samuel Paul Hall, Star #5190, aged 33 years, was a 7 year, 4 month, 28 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services – Patrol Division: Unit 051 – Area 1 Task Force.
On September 30, 1962, at 12:40 a.m., Officer Hall and his partner, Patrolman Bishop Pamon, age 33, were working the first watch on Beat #6110. While driving Southbound on Wabash Avenue at 36th Street they heard the sound of a gunshot coming from State Street. Officer Hall drove to the area of 36th Place and State Street where they observed a crowd that had gathered. As they pulled up Officer Hall opened his squad car door and was approached by Alva Perkins, age 55, of 3641 South State Street, as he was attempting to exit the car. At a very close range Perkins produced a blue steel 38 caliber pistol and opened fire. Perkins continuously through the driver’s side front windshield. Officer Hall was hit three times, once in the eye, once in the chest penetrating the heart and once in the left hip. Mortally wounded, Officer Hall fell back into the squad car and lie slumped over the steering wheel. Officer Pamon fired one shot, fell out of the squad car, and emptied his service revolver over the hood, fatally wounding Perkins. Officer Hall was transported to Michael Reese Hospital by beat 173 and was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. G. Galante at 12:55 a.m. on September 30, 1962. Perkins was transported to Michael Reese Hospital by beat 270 and was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. G. Galante at 12:55 a.m. on September 30, 1962.
Later investigation revealed that the incident began when a prostitute lifted a wallet off of her john, Nathaniel Warren, age 45, of 4022 South State Street. The prostitutes pimp, Alva Perkins, began to threaten Warren, when he tried to get the wallet back and fired a shot at Warren, to frighten him off. It was that shot the officers had heard which began their investigation.
The coroner’s inquest, held on October 9, 1962 determined that the fatal shooting of Patrolman Samuel Hall was murder and the verdict on the fatal shooting of his killer was ruled a justifiable homicide.
Officer Hall was waked at Browns Funeral Home. His funeral mass was held at Cosmopolitan Community Church located at 5249 South Wabash Avenue. He was laid to rest on October 6, 1962 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Samuel Paul Hall, born July 5, 1928, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 4, 1955.
Officer Hall was a Master Mason of the 32nd Degree and a member of the Arabic Rite Temple No. 44, Harmony Lodge No. 88 F&AM Prince Hall Affiliate and Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He was survived by his wife, Frances; children: Edward, Maureen and Samuel Paul, Jr.; mother, Bessie Lee (nee Chubb) and siblings: Marion H., Jr., Murial and Robert. He was preceded in death by his father, Marion H., Sr.
Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #A350049 Homicide Case Report and A350110 Robbery Case Report.
On January 5, 1963, Officer Hall’s star was retired by Superintendent Orlando W. Wilson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the 4th floor Office of the Superintendent at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. The Honored Star Case was later relocated to the lobby of Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Hall’s Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.