Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 2 years, 10 months, 7 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 9 - Kensington

District of Incident (Present Day): 005 - Calumet

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 26


Date of Birth: 08 Oct 1898

Date of Appointment: 09 Jun 1922

Date of Incident: 005 - Calumet

End of Watch: 16 Apr 1925

Date of Interment: 20 Apr 1925


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic 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 # 13

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 13

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 62-E: 7

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, Star #5225, aged 26 years, was a 2 year, 10 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9 – Kensington.

On April 15, 1925, at 10:40 p.m., Officer Sullivan was on patrol with his partner, Patrolman Patrick H. Devine when they observed two suspicious men on 116th Street approximately 100 feet east of South Indiana Avenue. The officers stopped to question the men about a recent robbery. Officer Devine stepped out of the squad car and seized one of the men while the other, Earl Lucio, age 22, of 11455 South Indian Avenue, began to fire at Officer Sullivan. Lucio fired several times, striking Officer Sullivan mortally wounding him. Officer Devine returned fire, killing Lucio. Officer Sullivan was rushed to Pullman Hospital, where he died of his injuries the following day on April 16, 1925.

Officer Sullivan was laid to rest on April 18, 1925 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave E Line 1-0 HD., Lot 254, Block –, Section 52.

Patrolman Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, born October 8, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 9, 1922. He earned 2 Credible Mentions and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $120.00 during his career.

Officer Sullivan was survived by his mother, Margaret.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #8958.