P.O. Harry J. Busse #289

Name: Busse, Harry J.
Star: 289
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: South Park District
End of Watch: 27-Jan-1920
Incident Details: Police Officer Harry Busse, 30, was a 4-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the South Park District.

On January 26, 1920, Officer Busse was patrolling his beat when he approached Charles Shader.  The officer attempted to question Shader, a member of an armed-robbery gang, when the offender drew a gun.  Officer Busse was rushed to a local hospital where he died on January 27.

Charles Shader, 19, was found guilty of Officer Busse’s murder.  In 1926, he and a group of inmates attempted to escape from prison and a warden was murdered.  Shader was hanged in 1928.

Officer Busse’s funeral mass was held at St. Martin’s Church and he was laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery.  He was survived by his mother, sister, and brother.