P.O. James S. Corcoran #5044


Name: Corcoran, James S.
Star: 5044
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Des Plaines Street Station
End of Watch: 26 November 1930
Incident Details: Police Officer James Corcoran, 37, was assigned to the Des Plaines Street Station. On November 26, 1930, Officer Corcoran was off duty and driving when he ordered Thomas De Sett to stop at 29th Street and Prairie Avenue. The officer displayed his police star and De Sett attempted to flee. A physical altercation ensued and De Sett shot the officer twice. De Sett fled the scene. Officer Corcoran was transported to Michael Reese Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Nine weeks after the officer’s death, Donna Bevier and Peggy Smith were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. While in custody, Bevier informed officers that Smith’s boyfriend was Thomas De Sett, the murderer of Officer Corcoran.

Thomas De Sett, 34, was found not guilty despite.

Officer Corcoran’s funeral mass was held at Nativity Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery. He was survived by his father, John.