|District / Unit:||Harrison Street Station|
|End of Watch:||31-May-1885|
|Incident Details:||Police Officer Cornelius Barrett, 34, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Harrison Street Station.
On May 31, 1885, Officer Barrett along with other officers were dispatched to the Wabash Avenue train station. A railway policeman contacted Lieutenant Laughlin at the Harrison Street Station and showed him a dispatch from an incoming train. The conductor said that a man was holding passengers in one of the train's cars hostage. When the train arrived, Louis Reume, opened fire on the officers through a window, shooting Officer Barrett. Reume was killed at the scene. Officer Barrett succumbed to his injuries fifteen minutes after he was shot.
Officer Barrett was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery. He was survived by his sister.