P.O. John J. Sweeney #411


Name: Sweeney, John J.
Star: 411
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Racine Avenue Station
End of Watch: 07 July 1929
Incident Details: Police Officer John Sweeney, 37, was a 10-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Racine Avenue Station. On July 7, 1929, Officer Sweeney was alone when he attempted to question a suspicious man, John Wysocki, near Noble and Rose Streets. At approximately 3:00 a.m., Wysocki shot Officer Sweeney in the heart and then fled through the dark alley. Nearby officers heard the sound of gunfire and rushed into the alley to find Officer Sweeney bleeding. Officer Sweeney died en route to a local hospital.

John Wysocki, 37, confessed to Officer Sweeney’s murder after he was apprehended for armed robbery. Wysocki was found guilty and sentenced to serve 78 years for Officer Sweeney’s murder. He was also found guilty on four counts of armed robbery for which he was sentenced to four terms of one year-to-life sentences. The presiding judge ordered that Wysocki spend each anniversary of the officer’s death in solitary confinement for the first 10 years of his prison sentence.

Officer Sweeney was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery.