P.O. Edgar J. Bronson, Jr., #13534

Name: Bronson Jr. Edgar J.
Star: 13534
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 011
End of Watch: 30 January 1971
Incident Details: Police Officer Edgar Bronson, Jr., 27, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Filmore Station. On January 30, 1971, the community services officer was off duty when he received a call from a friend who was in trouble. The friend asked Officer Bronson to meet him at Ace Livery, a cabstand and neighborhood hangout located on the 4000 block of West 16th Street. The friend told Officer Bronson that he had lost money in a dice game to a man named “Big Red.” When the officer arrived to the cabstand the friend told “Big Red” that Bronson was an officer. When “Big Red” heard the friend say, “He’s a cop,” he pulled out a gun and shot Officer Bronson at point-blank range. “Big Red” fled the scene, but was identified to police by witnesses. Officer Bronson was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. On February 3, 1971, after being wanted for five days, Frank [Big Red] Outley, Jr., surrendered to police. He was charged with first-degree murder and held without bond. Outley, 44, was acquitted of Officer Bronson’s murder. Officer Edgar Bronson’s funeral was held at Omega Baptist Church and he was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Edgar Sr., and Velina; two sisters, and aunt, Juanita Mayfield.