Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 14 years, 8 months, 18 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 11 - Englewood
District of Incident (Present Day): 007 - Englewood
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 48
Date of Birth: 07 Mar 1872
Date of Appointment: 02 Apr 1906
Date of Incident: 007 - Englewood
End of Watch: 20 Dec 1920
Date of Interment: 23 Dec 1920
Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-6
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 24
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 3
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 19-W: 1
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Timothy J. O’Connor, Star #2079, aged 48 years, was a 14 year, 8 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 11 – Englewood.
On December 18, 1920, at 11:35 p.m., Officer O’Connor was assigned to guard the delivery trucks for the Marshall Field & Company at their barns located at 7005 South Wentworth Avenue. Without warning six armed men rushed the garage and took $5,000.00. As the bandits got into their getaway car, Officer O’Connor leapt out and opened fire. A fusillade of bullets was returned from the bandit’s car. O’Connor was struck three times and mortally wounded. He was transported to St. Bernard Hospital where he was pronounced dead 2 days later on December 20, 1920.
On December 29, 1920, Ed Kaufman and Dominic Monaco were arrested and held as being part of the robbery team. On January 27, 1921, the Coroner released them. It is unknown whether the other assailants were ever identified.
Officer O’Connor was waked at his residence located at 7833 South Dante Avenue. His funeral mass was held at St. Laurence Catholic Church located at 7140 South Dorchester Avenue. He was laid to rest on December 23, 1920 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Timothy J. O’Connor, born Mar 7, 1872, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 2, 1906. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.
Officer O’Connor was survived by his wife, Sarah A. and children: Mrs. Joseph M. Wogan, Marie C., Sarah A. and William H.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #4699.