Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 3 years, 0 months, 17 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 2 - Pekin Inn
District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 33
Date of Birth: 10 Oct 1892
Date of Appointment: 28 Oct 1922
Date of Incident: 001 - Central
End of Watch: 14 Nov 1925
Date of Interment: 19 Nov 1925
Cemetery: Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery - Glenwood, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 15
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 42-E: 12
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: U.S. Army
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman George Washington Thompson, Star #2009, aged 33 years, was a 3 year, 0 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2 – Pekin Inn.
On November 14, 1925, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Thompson and his partner, Patrolman Napoleon Sutton, were working their regular beat when they observed two suspicious men, Floyd Battle and Claude Huddleston, on 30th Street between Dearborn and Federal Streets. The officers stopped Battle and Huddleston and asked them where they were going as they flashed their stars. It was at this moment, the two men became nervous and drew revolvers, firing at the officers. Battle shot Officer Thompson causing him to fall within seconds but Thompson was able to continue firing. After Thompson fell, Battles was shot by Officer Sutton and killed, he to collapsing to the ground. Seeing his compatriot fall, Huddleston surrendered and was taken into custody by Officer Sutton. Officer Thompson sustained a fatal gunshot wound and died in the exchange.
Officer Thompson was laid to rest on November 19, 1925 in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery, 18301 South Glenwood Thornton Road, Glenwood, Illinois.
On November 16, 1925, Huddleston was held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner. On March 6, 1926, he was acquitted by Judge Gemmill.
Patrolman George Washington Thompson, born October 10, 1892, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 28, 1922. He earned 3 Credible Mentions and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $180.00 during his career.
Officer Thompson served in the U.S. Army thru October 21, 1918 in 52 Company 161 DB and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Private. He was survived by his wife, Lillian.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #9135.