P.O. Daniel J. Carton #3216

Name: Carton, Daniel J.
Star: 3216
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 023 Precinct
End of Watch: 30-July-1919
Incident Details: Police Officer Daniel Carton, 34, was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 23rd Precinct.

During the “Red Summer” of July 30, 1919, Officer Carton was with a friend in a saloon in the 4330 block of Emerald Avenue.  Officer Carton attempted to quell an argument between John Ward and another patron when Ward drew a gun and shot the officer.  Officer Carton was shot three times, but managed to fire two shots; fatally wounding Ward.  Officer Carton succumbed to his injuries at Englewood Hospital on September 18, 1919.

The “Red Summer” which occurred in the summer and autumn months marked the culmination of racial tension in the United States.  Chicago’s Race Riot of 1919, was the worst amongst approximately two dozen riots which raged throughout the country.