Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 3 years, 7 months, 19 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 14 - Deering
District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 28
Date of Birth: 29 Mar 1898
Date of Appointment: 30 Oct 1922
Date of Incident: 009 - Deering
End of Watch: 18 Jun 1926
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Grave Location: Grave 3, Lot S16, Block 12, Section 22
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-10
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 17
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 17
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 32-E: 7
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Michael Anthony Madigan, Star #5347, aged 28 years, was a 3 year, 7 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 14 – Deering.
On June 5, 1926, at 5:10 p.m., Officer Madigan was working vice and liquor duty with his partner, Patrolman Michael Connaughton during the days of Prohibition. They were searching a “soft drink parlor” owned by James Beninato located at 2724 South Union Avenue for liquor. The officers were well acquainted with Beninato as he was a known bootlegger. As Officer Madigan was about to open a cupboard behind the bar, Beninato, pulled out a revolver and fired at Officer Madigan striking him twice in the head and once in the back. Officer Connaughton returned fire, wounding Beninato. Both Madigan and Beninato were taken to People’s Hospital located at Adams and Paulina Streets. Officer Madigan seriously wounded, suffered a shattered spinal cord from one of the bullets and he lingered in the hospital for 13 days before succumbing to his injuries on June 18, 1926.
Beninato, a father to ten children, later recovered from his gunshot wounds and was arrested. On June 18, 1926, he was held by the Coroner. On May 26, 1927 Beninato was acquitted by Judge Sullivan.
Officer Madigan was waked at his residence located at 4331 West 22nd Street. His funeral mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church located at 2153 South Millard. He was laid to rest on June 21, 1926 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 3, Lot S16, Block 12, Section 22.
Patrolman Michael Anthony Madigan, born March 29, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 30, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $300.00 during his career. Madigan had also won the Tribunes Hero Award.
Officer Madigan was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Mary (nee Snyder), age 19; father, Patrick and siblings: Anna Wilson, John, Mary Osterman and Nora. Michael and Mary had only been married for a few months. Mary was the sister of Patrolman Frank C. McGynn who was also killed in the line of duty on July 18, 1924. The two had met at McGynn’s funeral.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #8584.