Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 1 year, 11 months, 16 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 9, 12th Precinct - Gresham
District of Incident (Present Day): 022 - Morgan Park
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 30
Date of Birth: 06 Nov 1888
Date of Appointment: 07 May 1917
Date of Incident: 022 - Morgan Park
End of Watch: 23 Apr 1919
Date of Interment: 25 Apr 1919
Cemetery: Mount Greenwood Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-5
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 18
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 56
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 53-E: 11
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Henry August Mandleco, Star #1403, aged 30 years, was a 1 year, 11 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9, 12th Precinct – Gresham.
On April 23, 1919, at 2:05 a.m., Officer Mandleco was on foot patrol on South Halsted Street, between 102nd and 103rd Streets. He had just made his last report at the patrol box and was walking with Elmer B. Munns of 1308 West 103rd Street, a druggist, having a conversation. Officer Mandleco then observed two suspicious men, Joseph Boshart and Peter Scapher, driving in an automobile, containing two crates of stolen chickens, on 102nd Street. Officer Mandleco stepped off the sidewalk onto the street while Mr. Munns watched from the sidewalk. Intending to stop the auto for questioning, he stepped into the intersection at 102nd and Halsted Streets, and ordered the men to halt. The auto showed no signs of stopping and in response Officer Mandleco raised his weapon and prepared to fire. Before he could fire, Joseph Boshart, a passenger in the car opened fire from the moving vehicle. Boshart fired one shot, which struck Officer Mandleco in the chest and penetrating it. Mandleco collapsed to the pavement as the vehicle swerved around him and turned onto northbound Halsted Street speeding off into the night making good their escape. Mr. Munns, seeing what had just happened, left his place on the sidewalk and ran over to Officer Mandleco. He picked up the officer’s gun and fired at the fleeing auto, unloading the revolver. Officer Mandleco died on the scene.
On May 2, 1919, Joseph Boshart was arrested and held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner. Peter Scapher, alias Schafer, his accomplice, was also ordered held by the Coroner and was later arrested. On October 17, 1919, Boshart was sentenced to life in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Hebel. On May 4, 1920, Peter Scapher’s case was stricken off the record by Judge Brentano.
Officer Mandleco was waked at his residence located at 9973 South Throop Street and was laid to rest on April 25, 1919 in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Henry August Mandleco, born November 6, 1888, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 7, 1917.
Officer Mandleco was survived by his wife, Dorothy M. (nee Severin); parents: Henry C. (CPD) and Katherine (nee Moeller) and brother (CPD).
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #4512.