Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 11 months, 17 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 11 - Englewood
District of Incident (Present Day): 008 - Chicago Lawn
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 29
Date of Birth: 16 May 1892
Date of Appointment: 06 Nov 1920
Date of Incident: 008 - Chicago Lawn
End of Watch: 16 Oct 1921
Date of Interment: 18 Oct 1921
Cemetery: Mount Greenwood Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 22
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 5
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 19-E: 16
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: YES, Branch Unknown
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Paul E. Schutz, Star #4349, aged 29 years, was an 11 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 11 – Englewood.
On October 16, 1921, at 2:20 a.m., Officer Schutz was on duty and working with his two partners, comprising the Flivver Squad of District 11. They responded to a gentleman’s club, The Galloper’s Club located at 6265 South Western Avenue to investigate a shooting. The club had an excellent reputation with its clientele most comprising local neighborhood businessmen. Upon arrival at the club the officers made realized that several arrests needed to be made and began rounding up suspects. While in the process of rounding up the suspects, the officers were ambushed by a gang of bandits who had been lying in wait. Gunfire erupted and the officers attempted to pull back outside the confining room, looking for cover. Officer Schutz retreated to the alley just north of 63rd Street on the East side of Western Avenue and was shot in the neck and mortally wounded in the process. Near death, Officer Schutz was able to identify his assailant as Charles Cleaver to investigators, Officer Schutz was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. on October 16, 1921.
On December 27, 1921, Charles Cleaver was held by the Coroner as accessory before the fact and indicted. In January 1922, James “Whip“ Ryan was also arrested as an accomplice and also indicted. On March 27, 1924, Ryan’s indictment was stricken off the record by Judge Caverly. On May 9, 1924, Cleaver was acquitted by judge William. No reason for the killers actions or the judge’s decision was ever given.
Officer Schutz was waked at his residence located at 800 West 78th Street. He was laid to rest on October 18, 1921 in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Paul E. Schutz, born May 16, 1892, received a Temporary Appointment, #727, to the Chicago Police Department on August 8, 1919 and was issued Star #1012. He received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 6, 1920 and was issued Star #4349.
Officer Schutz served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #7453.