|District / Unit:||21st Precinct|
|End of Watch:||06-Sep-1892|
|Incident Details:||Police Officer John Powell, 32, was assigned to the 21stPrecinct.
On September 6, 1892, Officer Powell and his partner, Officer Henry McDowell, were part of a team conducting a raid on an illegal gambling horse track in Garfield Park. Officer Powell climbed after a gambler, James M. Brown, on top of a shed and confronted him. Both men had their guns drawn and Brown shouted, "You can't arrest me!" Officer Powell and Brown were lowering their weapons when Brown jumped into an inclosure. Officer Powell was shot after he pursued Brown into the inclosure. Officer McDowell was running toward Brown when they exchanged gunfire and were both injured. The offender, Brown, died at the scene. Officer McDowell died at Cook County Hospital the next day. Officer Powell died instantly.
Officer Powell's funeral mass was held at his home and he was laid to rest in Oakwoods Cemetery.