|Name:||Lenehan, Bernard J.|
|District / Unit:||20th Precinct|
|End of Watch:||03-Oct-1919|
|Incident Details:||Detective-Sergeant Bernard Lenehan, 44, was a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department,assigned to the 20th Precinct.
On October 3, 1919, Detective-Sergeant Lenehan, and his partner, Detective-Sergeant George C. Burns, were checking to see if Thomas Mulhern’s Saloon, located in the 3300 block of West Madison Street, was closing on-time. While the detective-sergeants spoke to the bartender, two masked armed robbers entered through a side door. One of the offenders struck a patron. When the patron yelled out, the officers turned and saw the bandits. The armed robbers opened fire on both the detective-sergeants, wounding them multiple times. It is believed that the offenders opened fire on the detective-sergeants because they had recognized them as police officers.
The murderers were never apprehended.
Detective-Sergeant Burns, 39, succumbed to his injuries at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Detective-Sergeant Bernard Lenehan, 48, was rushed to Garfield Park Hospital where he died on October 5.
Detective-Sergeant Lenehan was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and eight children.