P.O. James J. Casey #2807

Name: Casey, James J.
Star: 2807
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Traffic Division
End of Watch: 01 July 1931
Incident Details: Police Officer James Casey, 39, assigned to the Traffic Division.On June 30, 1931, Officer James Casey responded to a call of a couple being harassed by a man with a gun near 43rd Street and Oakenwald Avenue. When Officer Casey arrived, he disarmed the suspect, Coy Thompson. As the officer was arresting Thompson, he drew another gun and shot Officer Casey five times. Officer Casey was transported to Chicago Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Thompson, had escaped from a Kentucky jail and was arrested after his picture appeared on newspapers in Kentucky and Illinois. The escapee confessed to Officer Casey’s murder and to several armed robberies.

Coy Thompson, 39, pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a jury trial. Thompson was sentenced to serve 100 years in prison. In 1960, he was paroled from prison.

Officer Casey’s funeral mass was held at St. Ambrose Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery. He was survived by his mother, Ellen; and siblings, Daniel, Edward, George, Helen, Mrs. May Bohart, and Mrs. Lorretta Lyman.