P.O. James McDowell #763

Name: McDowell, James
Star: 763
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 007 Precinct
End of Watch: 02-Oct-1889
Incident Details: Police Officer James McDowell, 44, was a 14-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 Precinct.

On October 2, 1889, Officer James McDowell was making his 11:00 p.m. report at a patrol box.  Across the street from him in a saloon at 43rd and State Streets, Andrew Gilligan was enquiring to the bartender about a new gas company.  The bartender suggested to Gilligan that he speak to Officer McDowell and called him over.  The officer and Gilligan went into a backroom for a few minutes and when they emerged Officer McDowell remarked that he was not a liar.  Gilligan drew a weapon and shot Officer McDowell.  The bartender and an officer from nearby were able to subdue Gilligan.  Officer McDowell was rushed to Mercy Hospital where he died on October 3.

Andrew Gilligan was confined to a mental institution.

Officer McDowell’s funeral mass was held at Church of the Holy Angels and he was laid to rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife and four children.