P.O. Eric D. Lee #16947

Name: Lee, Eric D.
Star: 16947
Memorial Panel #: 12
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 007 District
End of Watch: 19 August 2001
Incident Details: Police Officer Eric Lee, 37, was a 9-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 District-Tactical Unit. On August 19, 2001, Officer Lee and two additional officers from the Englewood District Tactical Unit were conducting drug surveillance from their squad car when they heard a disturbance coming from a nearby alley. The plain clothes officers had their badges hanging from a chain around their necks when they exited their vehicle and ran into an alley in the 6300 block of South Carpenter Street. The officers witnessed three men who were assaulting another man and yelled “Police!” The offenders scattered, two of them producing weapons and the officers pursued them. As Officer Lee and his partner chased one of men, Aloysius Oliver, he reappeared in front of the officers brandishing and a gun and opening fire on Officer Lee. Officer Lee’s partner disarmed and arrested Oliver. Officer Lee succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving to Christ Hospital. In 2004, Aloysius Oliver, an ex-convict, was charged with first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Officer Lee’s funeral mass was held at Salem Baptist Church and he was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Shawn; daughter, Erica; and his parents, Bobby and Anna.