P.O. Arthur J. Sullivan #3911

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Name: Sullivan, Arthur J.
Star: 3911
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Marquette Station
End of Watch: 14 January 1937
Incident Details: Police Officer Arthur Sullivan, 38, was assigned to the Marquette Station.

On January 14, 1937, Officer Sullivan had just finished his tour and was on his way home. The officer was at Cermak Road and Kedzie Avenue when Casimer Kulis, a pharmacy clerk, requested his assistance. The clerk pointed out, Joseph Schuster and said, “That man robbed me of $27 in the drug store yesterday.” When Officer Sullivan confronted Schuster, he replied, “Officer, I’m a law abiding citizen.” As Officer Sullivan escorted the offender off the Douglas Park elevated train platform, he withdrew a gun from his left shoulder holster and shot Officer Sullivan. The offender then attempted to shoot the witness, but his gun jammed. Officer Sullivan died on the steps of the Kedzie Avenue train station.

Joseph Schuster was found guilty of Officer Sullivan’s murder and sentenced to death. He was electrocuted in County Jail on April 16, 1937.

Officer Sullivan’s funeral mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; and his children, John, Elizabeth, and George.