Doyle, James E.
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5 February 1982
Probationary Patrolman James E. Doyle was an 8-month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Administrative Services - Training Division Unit 044, detailed to the 006th District - Gresham.
On February, 5, 1982, at approximately 10:00 PM, Officer Doyle and his partner, Patrolman Robert M. Mantia, were in their marked police car when a citizen approached them. He informed the officers that he had been a passenger on the route 79 CTA bus and recognized a man on board who had previously robbed him. The Officers boarded the bus at 28 West 79th Street near Lafayette Avenue and spotted the offender, Edgar Hope, who was carrying two concealed firearms. One of theses weapons was previously used during the murder and attempted murder of two Cook County Correctional Officers. As the officers approached, Hope fatally shot Officer Doyle in the head and injured two passengers. The gunman then turned and fired at the second officer, but missed. The second officer returned fire, striking Hope and preventing his escape. Officer Doyle was transported to St. Bernard hospital.
Edgar Hope stood trial, was found guilty and sentenced to death. On January 10, 2003, the Governor at the time, George Ryan, commuted his sentence, along with those of all 167 other inmates on death row, to life in prison. Hope died from liver cancer at the Menard Correctional Center on March 24, 2012.
Officer Doyle's funeral mass was held at St. Denis Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th Street, Alsip, IL.
Probationary Patrolman, James E. Doyle, born December 12, 1947, received his probationary appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 8, 1981 and was in recruit class 81-4C at the Jackson Street Police Academy.
Officer Doyle served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving two tours. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He is survived by his fiancee, nephew, Patrick, sister, Mary Jo and mother, Rose, who passed away soon after her son's death by what many describe as a "broken heart."
The death of Officer Doyle was the catalyst for changes in recruit training by the police department. Tragically, his passing would lead indirectly to the deaths of two other officers, Patrolman William P. Fahey and Richard J. O'Brien. The officers were shot and killed as they returned from Officer Doyle's funeral.