Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 1 year, 1 month, 28 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 23, 38th Precinct - East Chicago
District of Incident (Present Day): 018 - Near North
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 29
Date of Birth: 13 Oct 1885
Date of Appointment: 09 Oct 1913
Date of Incident: 018 - Near North
End of Watch: 06 Nov 1914
Date of Interment: 10 Nov 1914
Cemetery: Eden Cemetery - Schiller Park, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-3
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 1
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 44
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 23-E: 5
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman William J. Rosenstreter, Star #3980, aged 29 years, was a 1 year, 1 month, 28 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 23, 38th Precinct – East Chicago.
On November 6, 1914, at 1:10 a.m., Officer Rosenstreter and his partner, Patrolman Edward Baynes, were working in plainclothes. They responded to a disturbance at Goldman Brothers’ Saloon located at 500 North State Street. While en route, they heard the sound of glass break at Kinzie and State Streets. Upon arrival they observed an intoxicated man, Charles Williams of 506 North State Street, attempting to enter through a hole in the glass door of the saloon. In the company of Williams were Edward Carey and Mrs. Bessie Fallon. Williams and his friends had spent the day drinking at the saloon. As Officer Rosenstreter attempted to arrest Williams, he turned around and placed a revolver within three inches of the officer’s neck. Williams pulled the trigger and Officer Rosenstreter was struck in the neck and then fell to the ground unconscious. Williams then began to flee on foot he fired twice at Officer Baynes. Officer Baynes gave chase and at Illinois and State Streets he overtook Williams after Williams had stopped in an attempt to fire again. Williams was unable to fire again as Officer Baynes knocked the revolver out of his hand and then beat him unconscious with the butt of his revolver. Carey and Fallon fled the scene shortly after the shooting. Officer Rosenstreter was transported to Passavant Hospital where he was pronounced dead four hours later on November 6, 1914.
Williams was transported to the station and processed. On November 7, 1914, the Coroner held Williams to the Grand Jury. Edward Carey and Bessie Fallon were later arrested and held. On September 15, 1915, Williams was acquitted by Judge Barrett.
Officer Rosenstreter was waked at his residence located at 1032 North Massasoit Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Eden Cemetery. He was laid to rest on November 10, 1914 in Eden Cemetery, 9851 West Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, Illinois. His grave is located in Section 3.
Patrolman William J. Rosenstreter, born October 13, 1885, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 9, 1913.
Officer Rosenstreter was survived by his father, John and siblings: Augusta, Emil, Julia and Minnie H.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #4888.