P.O. John J. Matonich #5760

Name: Matonich, John J.
Star: 5760
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Area 4 - Task Force
End of Watch: 16 October 1970
Incident Details: Police Officer John Matonich, 33, was a 9-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Area 4 – Task Force. On October 16, 1970, Officer John Matonich was on special events assignment patrolling the area near Chicago Stadium during a Bull’s Basketball Game. Two miles away, Donald Davis, 21, was hailing a taxi cab from Union Station wearing a wig, a bandolier of 20-gauge shotgun shells, and a false beard. Davis hailed a taxi and had the driver take him to the intersection of Madison Street and Winchester Avenue. Upon arriving, Davis brandished a gun and robbed the driver of his money and stole his taxi. The taxi driver saw Officer Warren Lindvig in his squad car and reported the incident to him. Officer Lindvig was following the taxi, as Davis attempted to flee in heavy stadium traffic and crashed into two parked cars. Officer Matonich had witnessed the chase and the accident and proceeded to run to the taxi. As he opened the driver’s side door, Davis shot Officer Matonich five times. Officer Lindvig then opened fire, fatally wounding Davis. Police recovered a 20-step plan for hijacking an armored truck, a dismantled shotgun, and a .22 caliber gun from Donald Davis’ suitcase. Officer Matonich succumbed to his injuries at Illinois Research Hospital. Officer Matonich’s funeral service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Irene; parents, Peter and Veronica; and sister, Mary Ann.