P.O. Henry L. Peeler #11174

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Name: Peeler, Henry L.
Star: 11174
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 007
End of Watch: 05 June 1968
Incident Details: Police Officer Henry Peeler, 27, was a 2-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Englewood District. On June 5, 1968, Officer Peeler and his partner, Ronald Lillwitz, 31, were in their squad car when they spotted two men drinking liquor in front of an apartment building on Morgan Avenue and 57th Street. Unbeknownst to the officers, the men were fugitives from East St. Louis. They were wanted for murder of a railroad detective and the attempted murder of a police sergeant. As the officers walked towards the three men, one of them fled on foot. Officer Peeler chased the fugitive, Lyon Herbert, into a gangway as Officer Lillwitz detained the second offender, Raymond Sharp. Officer Lillwitz heard gunfire and ran to the gangway where he found Officer Peeler dead from five bullet wounds. As Officer Lillwitz stood near his fallen partner, Herbert opened fire and shot the officer twice. Officer Lillwitz was able to return fire and fatally wound Herbert, 21. A third fugitive, Charles Childress was arrested and found hiding in the building’s basement. During Officer Peeler’s pursuit of Herbert, Childress had also shot and wounded Officer Peeler Childress was later found with the gun. Officer Lillwitz later recovered from his wounds. Officer Peeler was pronounced dead at Englewood Hospital. Childress was charged with murder. Sharp was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. The tenant of the building Preston Randolph, 30, was charged with harboring fugitives. Officer Peeler’s funeral mass Open Door Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and daughters, Keeley and Sherry.