November 2011


Jeffrey Friedlieb was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago.  He attended St. Tarcissus School, graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 2000, and briefly attended the University of Iowa.  In 2003, Friedlieb enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and served his time as a M1A1 Tank Crewman.  Shortly after enlisting, he was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq where he took part in the Battle of Fallujah in November of 2004.  In July 2007, he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant from the Marine Corps, and immediately started his career with the Chicago Police Department.  With his father, Detective Jeffrey Friedlieb, and his uncle, Captain Fred Friedlieb, both having served the Chicago Police Department, he knew his career choice from childhood.  After graduating from the Academy in December 2007, Friedlieb was assigned to the 011th District where he is still currently assigned.

Ruben Delvalle grew up on the North side of Chicago.  Shortly after graduating from high school, he decided to enlist into the United States Marine Corps, where he spent 4 years in the Marine Corps Infantry.  Delvalle was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA, and also had the opportunity to travel and train in other countries such as Korea, Japan and the Philippines.  In 2004, his unit received orders to Iraq, where he served a combat tour.  After returning home, he worked several jobs before deciding to take the Chicago Police entrance exam. In April of 2008, Delvalle entered the academy, and after successfully completing his training, was assigned to the 015th District.  There, he gained a great deal of knowledge and experience from veteran officers, and was reassigned to the 016th District.  Bouncing around from the Area 5 Saturation Team and a short stay on the Area 5 Midnight Tact Team, he landed in the 011th District.


On 18 July 2011 Officer Friedlieb and Officer Delvalle were assigned 1106G, an unmarked plain clothes vehicle on the 1st Watch in the 011th District.  While on patrol at the intersection of Pulaski/Wilcox, an area known for high narcotics activity, the officers observed two male subjects engage in a suspect narcotics transaction in the south alley of Wilcox.  Officer Friedlieb and Delvalle decided to approach the two individuals to conduct a field interview.  The officers turned the unmarked squad around on Pulaski and entered the alley traveling westbound, where there was now only one subject standing in the alley.  Officer Friedlieb exited the squad car from the passenger side and asked the subject to place his hands on the car, at which time the subject became irate and a physical struggle ensued between the officer and subject.  Officer Delvalle exited the vehicle to assist his partner, at which time the subject produced a handgun firing several shots striking Officer Delvalle in the upper left arm, where the bullet still remains. This exchange also left Delvalle with a deep graze wound to the head.  The subject then turned the handgun and shot Officer Friedlieb in the head, where the bullet is still lodged behind his left ear. After being shot, both officers fell to the ground.  Officer Friedlieb then returned fire striking the subject in the lower left arm, at which time the subject fled.  The officers assisted each other to their feet and gave chase to the subject while providing a physical description and direction of flight.  When arriving at the mouth of the alley, the officers lost sight of the subject and were physically unable to continue on with the pursuit.  Beat 1115R, Officers Boyer and Gruber, were on scene within seconds and transported both injured officers to Stroger Hospital.  With the great response and hard work from the 011th District personnel and all surrounding units, the handgun and other critical evidence was obtained which later led to the arrest of the suspect who is now charged with 2 counts of Attempted Murder and is being held without bond.

We know that none of this would have been possible without the unbelievable assistance and support that we received that evening.  We would like to give special recognition to the lead Detectives for the amount of time, effort and thorough investigation that they displayed.  The case would never have gotten to this level without their hard work and dedication: Detective Greg Swiderek #20130, Detective Roberto Garcia #20555.

We Will Never Forget