P.O. John J. Skopek #6614

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Name: Skopek, John
Star: 6614
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Warren Avenue Station
End of Watch: 22 July 1933
Incident Details: Police Officer John Skopek, 34, was assigned to the Warren Avenue Station.

On July 22, 1933, Officer John Skopek and his partner, Elmer Ostling, were on patrol when they noticed three suspicious males driving on Washington Boulevard. The officers curbed the vehicle at Washington Boulevard and Mozart Street. As they approached the vehicle, gunfire rang out. Officer Ostling was shot multiple times and rushed to Franklin Boulevard Hospital where he died shortly after. Officer Skopek was hit by a bullet and died instantly.

James Pogue, 28, Sam Turriano, 22, and Edward Moorehead were arrested and charged with the officers’ murders. Pogue and Turriano were sentenced to serve 199 years in prison. Edward Moorehead was shot on October 8, 1937, after attempting to escape from Joliet State Penitentiary.

Officer Skopek’s funeral mass was held at Church of the Assumption and he was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Blanche, and daughter, Corinne.