|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||003|
|End of Watch:||24 May 1967|
|Incident Details:||Officer Herman Stallworth, 37, was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Grand Crossing Station.
On May 24, 1967, Officer Stallworth, and his partner, Eugene Ervin, stopped a vehicle at Cottage Grove Avenue and Marquette Road for a traffic violation. When the officers approached the vehicle, the two men, Joseph Hurst, 24, and Charles Harper, 25, claimed to have no identification with them. Officer Ervin walked back to the squad car to run a check on the vehicle’s license plates and call for assistance when gun fire rang out. As Officer Stallworth stood next to the driver’s side window, Hurst opened fire and shot the officer multiple times in the abdomen and chest. He then jumped out of the vehicle and began shooting at Officer Ervin. Officer Ervin was struck in the face and head. Squad cars immediately responded to the scene. Hurst ran from the scene, and sought cover in a nearby building where he attempted to have a shoot out with officers. After emptying his revolver, he surrendered to police. Charles Harper remained at the scene and surrendered to an officer.Officer Stallworth was rushed to Billings Hospital where he died two hours later during surgery. Officer Ervin survived the shooting.
Officer Stallworth was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and four children.
On February 15, 1968, Joseph R. Hurst was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery. Hurst was sentenced to the death penalty. However, in 1974, during a moratorium on death penalty, Hurst was resentenced to 100-300 years in prison.
On Thursday, October, 30, 2014, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation chartered a bus and traveled with 25 uniformed Chicago police officers to the office of the IL Prisoner Review Board in Springfield to protest the release of inmate Hurst. The inmate’s request for parole was denied.