Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 4 years, 11 months, 5 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 10th District - Marquette

District of Incident (Present Day): 010 - Ogden

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle

Age at Time of Death: 37


Date of Birth: 20 Sep 1942

Date of Appointment: 16 Sep 1974

Date of Incident: 010 - Ogden

End of Watch: 21 Aug 1979

Date of Interment: 27 Aug 1979


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-7

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 18

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3, Line 34

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 22-W: 10

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: Did Not Serve


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Jose Manuel Torres, Star #13988, aged 37 years, was a 4 year, 11 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 10th District – Marquette.

On August 5, 1979, at 1:20 a.m., Officer Torres and his partner, Patrolman Patricia Skyles, were working the first watch on beat 1046. They assigned to investigate a traffic crash at 2516 South Blue Island Avenue in which a blue 1973 Buick Riviera was struck while parked. While inspecting the VIN number of the vehicle involved in the crash a green 1968 Ford LTD driven by Jesus Morales, age 27, of 2545 South Kedzie Avenue sideswiped the Buick and struck Officer Torres. The Ford was traveling Southwest bound at approximately 60 mph and failed to stop at a stop sign before striking the officer. The impact threw Officer Torres into the air, traveling 24 feet, and through the back window of another parked car. The Ford then fled the scene. Officer Torres was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by beat 1073 in critical condition. He sustained injuries to the head, chest and legs and was admitted to the hospital. He would later succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead by Dr. Gonzales 16 days later at 2:30 p.m. on August 21, 1979.

Jesus Morales was arrested five hours later based on descriptions given by witnesses. His vehicle was located by beat 1020, Sergeant Ellison, at 2515 South Troy Avenue. Morales was charged with hitting a pedestrian in the roadway, driving without a city vehicle license, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. Morales was later charged with reckless homicide after Officer Torres death.

Officer Torres was waked at Lain-Hursen Funeral Home located at 5501 North Ashland Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Open Bible Spanish Church located at 3142 North Racine Avenue. He was laid to rest on August 27, 1979 in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cagauas, Puerto Rico.

Patrolman Jose Manuel Torres, born September 20, 1942, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 16, 1974. He was also a civilian member of the Department working as a Department Property Custodian and a Senior Public Safety Aide for several years before being appointed as a Patrolman.

Officer Torres was survived by his wife, Ines (nee Manfreay).

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #A877767 Traffic Crash.