P.O. John A. Wren #3987

Name: Wren, John A.
Star: 3987
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 038 Precinct
End of Watch: 05-Mar-1910
Incident Details: Police Officer John Wren, 36, was a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 38th Precinct.

On March 4, 1910, Officer Wren and his partner, Patrick Quinn, were patrolling their beat near Chicago Avenue and Townsend Street when they saw three suspicious men.  It was approximately 4:30 a.m., when the partners announced they were officers and asked the trio to halt.  Without any warning, the trio opened fire on the detectives.  Officer Wren was shot two times and Officer Quinn was hit in the leg.  The officers returned fire striking one of the offenders before the trio fled.  Officer Wren was rushed to Passavant Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on March 5.

The offenders were never charged.

Officer Wren's funeral mass was held at Holy Name Cathedral and he was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.  He was survived by his mother, Margaret.