Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 11 year, 7 months, 0 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 15, 29th Precinct - Warren

District of Incident (Present Day): 012 - Near West

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Accidental

Age at Time of Death: 38


Date of Birth: 1862

Date of Appointment: 11 Sep 1888

Date of Incident: 012 - Near West

End of Watch: 11 Apr 1900

Date of Interment: 14 Apr 1900


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
 Grave Location: Lot N13, Block 18, Section Y
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # A-4

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 1

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 29

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 20-E: 11

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman John F. McDermott, Star #1885, aged 38 years, was an 11 year, 7 month, 0 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 15, 29th Precinct – Warren.

On April 11, 1900, Officer McDermott was found by his sister, Mary behind his residence located at 3451 West 15th Street with a gunshot wound to his head. Mary McDermott summoned help and Officer McDermott was transported to Cook County Hospital where he regained consciousness for a short period of time. When questioned as to what had occurred, he could not explain his injury. He died from his injuries later the same day.

Investigating officers believed that Officer McDermott had fallen down the back stairwell of his residence, his revolver accidentally discharging and striking him in the head. His revolver was recovered lying on the ground a few feet from him.

Officer McDermott was laid to rest on April 14, 1900 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave –, Lot N13, Block 18, Section Y.

Patrolman John F. McDermott, born in 1862, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 11, 1888.

Officer McDermott was survived by his siblings: Mary and William.

Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database case not found for this incident.

In February 1958, Officer McDermott’s star was retired by Commissioner Timothy J. O’Connor and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer McDermott’s Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.