P.O. James Koumoundouros #4514

Name: Koumoundouros, James
Star: 4514
Memorial Panel #: 10
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 017
End of Watch: 07 September 1977
Incident Details: Police Officer James Koumoundouros, 30, was a 5-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 017 District. On September 7, 1977, Officer Koumoundouros was working as a security guard at The First National Bank of Lincolnwood. Offender, Roberto Ramirez entered the bank armed with a .38 caliber gun and walked directly to the officer’s desk. Ramirez ordered the officer to remove his gun and place it on the desk. As the officer began to rise from his desk, he simultaneously activated the alarm button which was located underneath the desk and began removing his gun from its holster. Three shots were fired during the incident; one by the officer and two by Ramirez. Ramirez was shot in the thigh and fled to his vehicle which had false license plates taped onto his real plates. He circled the parking lot twice in order to determine whether or not responding officers were nearby. As he drove away from the bank, he crashed into a tree and was arrested by an assisting officer. Officer Koumoundouros was fatally injured. Roberto Ramirez was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. He was sentenced to the death penalty, which was later vacated in the State of Illinois. At the time of the officer’s murder, Ramirez had escaped from Leavenworth Prison. Officer Koumoundouros was laid to rest in Elmwood Park Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Karen; and children: James, Mark, Karen, and Anita.