P.O. Dell O. Fountain #18247


Fountain, Dell O.



Memorial Panel #:



Police Officer

District / Unit:

015 District

End of Watch:

22 March 1996

Incident Details:

Police Officer Dell Fountain, 40, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 015 District. On March 22, 1996, Officer Fountain’s son, Dell Woodard, tried to enter their apartment building in the 3900 block of W. Van Buren Street. Woodard, 17, was harassed and denied entrance to the building by Tajuan Murray, a guest of the upstairs tenant. Murray was an ex-convict who was on parole while awaiting trial for murder. It was the second time Woodard had been harassed. In a previous unrelated incident, a guest of the same tenant had confronted Woodard with a rifle. During the first incident, his father notified police and the man was arrested and the rifle seized. When Woodard finally accessed his first floor apartment, he told his father about the incident that had just occurred. Officer Fountain exited his apartment with his weapon and went to confront Murray. Murray headed upstairs as Officer Fountain followed behind him. The ex-convict was aware Officer Fountain was a Chicago Police Officer and began struggling with him in an attempt to disarm him. As Murray grabbed for the gun, it discharged and the officer was shot in the leg; severing a major artery. Officer Fountain died of severe blood loss at Cook County Hospital. Tajuan Murray was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. Officer Fountain’s funeral was held at Salem Baptist Church and he was laid to rest in Goshen Cemetery, Belzoni, Mississippi. He is survived by his son, Dell; a daughter; his parents, Adam and Martha of Miss.; and seven siblings.