P.O. Eugene J. Keegan #571

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Name: Keegan, Eugene J.
Star: 571
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 001
End of Watch: 09 February 1928
Incident Details: Officer Eugene Keegan, 40, was a 17-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Detective Bureau. On February 9, 1928, Officer Keegan and his partner, Lieutenant Edward Murphy, 45, responded to a bulletin seeking Ross Elliot, a murderer. On the morning of February 9, Ross Elliott went to the Omaha Packing plant at 2320 South Halsted Street and shot two employees, James Ellis, 41, and Charles Miller, 63. Elliot had been fired in October after being involved in a fight with Ellis. After the shooting, Elliott fled to an apartment near State Street and 35th Street. When Lt. Keegan and Officer Murphy arrived to the apartment building they were met by three other officers. The three assisting officers covered the entrances and Officer Keegan and his partner knocked on the door. Elliott’s brother opened the door and said that his brother was not at home, but he rolled his eyes signaling the officers toward a closed door. Officer Murphy thrust open the door and Elliott immediately opened fire. During the exchange of gunfire, both Elliot brothers were fatally wounded. Tragically, Lieutenant Murphy and Officer Keegan were also killed.

Officer Keegan’s funeral mass was held at St. Angela’s Church and he was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery. He was survived by his father, Bryan; and sisters, Anna and Elizabeth.