P.O. Casper Lauer

Name: Lauer, Casper
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Unknown
End of Watch: 18-Sep-1854
Incident Details: Police Officer Casper Lauer, 29, was a 5-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.On September 18, 1854, Officer Lauer was dispatched to a domestic disturbance.  The offender, Patrick Cunningham, was drunk and had assaulted his elderly parents.  Officer Lauer arrested Cunningham and was walking him to a nearby police station when the offender stabbed the officer at Jackson Street and Plymouth Court.  Officer Lauer struck Cunningham in the head with his baton, injuring him.  Concerned citizens prevented the offender from escaping.  A passing wagon transported the wounded officer to a local pharmacy where he succumbed to his injuries.On January 21, 1855, Patrick Cunningham was sentenced to serve 8 years in prison.

Officer Lauer's funeral mass was held at St. Peter Church and he was laid to rest in St. Boniface Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife, Eva; children, Nicholas and Joseph; his parents; and his brother, John (CPD).