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|District / Unit:||Austin Station|
|End of Watch:||03 October 1944|
|Incident Details:||Detective Ellwood Egan, 30, was assigned to the Austin Station.
On October 3, 1944, Detective Egan and his partner, Detective John Rich, were driving in Detective Egan’s personal vehicle when they saw two officers in pursuit of burglars. The officers on the scene were unaware that the detectives had turned into an alley to provide them with assistance. When the detectives opened fire on the two offenders, one of the policemen believed he was being fired upon and returned fire, striking Detective Egan. Detective Egan was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital where he later died.
The teenagers were later apprehended.
Detective Egan’s funeral mass was held at Our Lady Help of Christians Church and was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mary and son, Ellwood Jr.