Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 2 year, 1 month, 19 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 23 - West North

District of Incident (Present Day): 011 - Harrison

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 32


Date of Birth: 25 Dec 1893

Date of Appointment: 08 May 1924

Date of Incident: 011 - Harrison

End of Watch: 27 Jun 1926

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 1, Lot NN28, Block 5, Section Q
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-10

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 21

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 17

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 8-E: 13

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army - American Expeditionary Forces


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Patrick James Daley, Star #1178, aged 32 years, was a 2 year, 1 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 23 – West North.

On June 27, 1926, 2:30 a.m., Officer Daley, in plain clothes, was walking home from the West North Avenue Station when he was shot by an unknown person. Officer Daley lived with his cousin, Sergeant Dennis Lyons, at 910 North Springfield Avenue. Hearing the sound of gunfire, Sergeant Lyons was startled, and went outside to investigate. The sergeant found Officer Daley motionless on the sidewalk of West Iowa Street approximately 30 feet east of 900 South Springfield Avenue. Lyons ran over to Daley and discovered he had been shot in chest with the bullet striking his heart. Sergeant Lyons immediately summoned help. A Detective Bureau Squad rushed to the scene and attempted to transport Officer Daley to the hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries en route.

However, a canvas resulted in the following details. Officer Daley fell wounded in front of Dennis Sherlock’s residence. In a statement given by Mr. Sherlock, he heard someone fumbling at his front door at around 2:30 a.m. Before opening the door, he called out to the person but received no answer. Investigators surmised that Officer Daley must have spotted the man outside Mr. Sherlock’s door and ordered him to stop. This came after Sherlock told investigators that he thought he hear another voice command an order just before the shots rang out. The full circumstances of Officer Daley’s murder and the identity of his assailant remain unknown.

Officer Daley was waked at his residence located at 910 North Springfield Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Angels Church located at 3808 West Iowa Street. He was laid to rest on June 30, 1926 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 1, Lot NN28, Block 5, Section Q.

Patrolman Patrick James Daley, born December 25, 1893, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 8, 1924.

Officer Daley served in the U.S. Army – American Expeditionary Forces from May 29, 1918 thru May 7, 1919 in Company H, 305th Infantry, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Private. Officer Daley was also a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his mother, Katherine (nee Casey), siblings: Daniel J. Lillian M. and Timothy E. and cousin, Dennis Lyons (CPD).

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #7918.