P.O. Brian T. Strouse #15806

Name: Strouse, Brian T.
Star: 15806
Memorial Panel #: 12
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 012 District
End of Watch: 30 June 2001
Incident Details: Police Officer Brian Strouse, 33, was a 6-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 012 District Tactical Unit On June 30, 2001, Officer Strouse and two other tactical officers were conducting gang surveillance in the Pilsen neighborhood. The officers were staking out an alley on 18th Place between Loomis and Throop Streets that was the dividing line for two rival gangs and the site of frequent gang wars. At approximately 2 a.m., Officer Strouse was at his post alone, when gunfire rang out. The officer shouted to Hector Delgado, 16, “Police, drop your gun!” Immediately, Delgado opened fire on the officer twice — first shooting him in his chest where he was protected by his bullet proof vest and then striking him in the head. Officer Strouse’s partners heard the gunfire and discovered the officer bleeding and crouched behind a van. The brave officer was rushed to Cook County Hospital where he died at 9:10 a.m. Hector Delgado was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Officer and U.S. Marine Strouse’s funeral was held at Edgebrook Lutheran Church and he was laid to rest in Mt. Emblem Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Paul and Ann Marie; sisters, Cindy, Paula, and Kathy (CPD)