Detective-Sergeant William J. Russell #85

Name: Russell, William J.
Star: 85
Rank: Detective-Sergeant
District / Unit: Detective Bureau
End of Watch: 12-Jun-1909
Incident Details: Detective-Sergeant William Russell, 38, was a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Detective Bureau.

On June 12, 1909, Detective-Sergeant Russell and his partner, Officer Thomas Stapleton, followed a suspicious man they believed was carrying concealed weapons into a saloon in the 700 West block of Randolph Street.  While inside, the officers sat next to George Bissett and began to question him.  Detective-Sergeant Russell attempted to reach into Bissett’s coat pocket in search of a gun. Simultaneously, Bissett drew a second gun from his other pocket and shot the officer.  Officer Stapleton shot and wounded Bisset who then fled the saloon.  A sergeant who had heard the gunfire apprehended Bissett.  Detective Sergeant Russell died instantly.

George Bissett was sentenced to life in prison.

Detective-Sergeant Russell’s funeral mass was held at St. Catherine’s Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife and children.