P.O. Bernard Domagala


Name: Domagala,Bernard W.
Star: 8996
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Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit:  HBT (Hostage, Barricade, Terrorist Unit)
End of Watch: 5 September 2017
Incident Details:

Police Officer Bernie Domagala was a 7 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and a member of the HBT Unit.  Shortly before his shift was over on the afternoon of July 14th 1988, Bernie responded to a hostage situation at 7237 S. Stony Island Avenue. Officers surrounded the property, and Bernie had taken a defensive position at the corner of the garage. He looked around the corner at the house, and in that split second the offender shot his gun hitting Bernie above his eye in the forehead. He was transported to Michael Reese Hospital where he underwent 6 hours of surgery to remove a bullet from his brain. Bernie was 37 years old at the time, with a wife, Denise,  and three young sons: Erik was 4, and twins Craig and Adam were 4 months old.   

Offender Tommie Lee Hudson was charged with several crimes, including attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed violence. A psychiatrist later found Hudson to be mentally ill and he was committed to a state mental health facility. He died in the 1990s.

Bernie never recovered from his injuries and spent the next twenty-nine years in traumatic brain injury care centers, rehab facilities, nursing homes and hospitals.  Through it all, and thanks to the constant love and support from Denise, Erik, Craig and Adam, Bernie never lost his smile.   Bernie passed away on September 5, 2017 due to complications from injuries sustained in the shooting.  Officer Bernard Domagala was laid to rest in St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago, IL.  He is survived by his wife, Denise, and sons Erik, Craig and Adam.