P.O. Gerald L. Wright #3845

Name:

Wright, Gerald L.

Star:

3845

Memorial Panel #:

7

Rank:

Police Officer

District / Unit:

006 District

End of Watch:

07 August 1993

Incident Details:

Police Officer Gerald Wright, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District. On August 7, 1993, Officer Wright ended his shift at the Gresham Station and stopped to visit the owner of a store on the 900 block of West 79th Street. The officer stood outside and spoke to a tenant living in the apartment above the store, Marlon Brown, when he became the unintended victim of gang violence. As the officer and Brown talked, two alleged members of the Gangster Disciples, Steven Haas, 18, and his accomplice, Rafael Jackson, 16, were seeking retaliation for a gang shooting that had occurred the previous week. The offenders believed that Brown’s tenant — an alleged rival gang member — had been involved in the incident. Haas opened fire and fatally wounded the officer. Brown was grazed by a bullet and recovered. Officer Wright died during surgery at Christ Hospital and Medical Center. Steven Haas was found guilty of first degree murder. He will be eligible for parole in 2045. Haas’ accomplice, Rafael Jackson, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Jackson will be eligible for parole in 2021. Officer Wright’s funeral mass was said in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery. He is survived by his two daughters, Sandy Ann Roach and Rachel; son, John; parents, Dorothy and Lester, retired CPD; and five siblings.