Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 8 years, 10 months, 14 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Division (TD)
District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 35
Date of Birth: 11 Feb 1880
Date of Appointment: 07 Mar 1907
Date of Incident: 001 - Central
End of Watch: 21 Jan 1916
Date of Interment: 25 Jan 1916
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
Grave Location: Lot N30, Block 3, Section 10
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-3
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 46
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 36-E: 7
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Broar A. Johnson, Star #242, aged 35 years, was an 8 year, 10 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division (TD).
On January 21, 1916, at 5:05 p.m., Officer Johnson was directing traffic at Jackson Boulevard and State Street when a citizen alerted him to a robbery in progress in a nearby business, the Cook & Son’s Chicago Agency, located at 15 East Jackson Boulevard. The robber, described as about 40-years-old with a “Charlie Chaplin” mustache, had shot one of the employees and locked all four in the vault before fleeing with $1,000.00 in currency. Officer Johnson arrived at the location just as the armed robber emerged from the building. The armed robber still had a revolver in each hand and fired at point blank range. Officer Johnson was struck and fell mortally wounded to the sidewalk. The robber then ran to an alley at 23 East Jackson Boulevard where he jumped into an awaiting cab. The robber had prearranged to have the cab waiting for him. His female companion who directed the Chauffeur, John McCabe, to drive to the alley and wait, hailed the cab. As the female companion waited inside the cab the robber jumped inside and ordered the Chauffeur to “Beat it out of here.” The Chauffeur refused and the robber jumped out of the cab and ran Southbound in the alley making good his escape. He left his female companion deserted. She got out of the cab bewildered and disappeared. Officer Johnson was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival on January 21, 1916.
The robber and his female companion is unknown and were still at large as of January 1917.
Officer Johnson was waked at his residence located at 2337 Walton Street. His funeral mass was held at St. Joseph Cemetery. He was laid to rest on January 25, 1916 in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois. His grave was located in Lot 17, Block 10, Section FF. On September 18, 1918, his grave was relocated to Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is now located in Lot N30, Block 3, Section 10.
Patrolman Broar A. Johnson, February 11, 1880, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 7, 1907.
Officer Johnson was survived by his wife, Mae (nee Hoffman) and daughter, Mary Rose.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #4002.