P.O. Joseph F. Ferguson #6892

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Name: Ferguson, Joseph F.
Star: 6892
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 002
End of Watch: 28 December 1968
Incident Details: Police Officer Joseph Ferguson, 25, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Wabash Avenue Station. On December 27, 1968, Officer Ferguson and his partner, Officer Daniel Cambric, were on patrol in their squad car on the 4330 block of Wabash Avenue when noticed three suspicious men. The officers stopped and questioned Ralph Bellamy, Allen Sanders, and a third unrelated man. They searched Bellamy and allowed him to leave. As the officers spoke to the other men, Bellamy returned with a .38 caliber gun and shot Officer Ferguson three times. Officer Cambric returned fire and shot Bellamy twice. Officer Ferguson was transported to Michael Reese Hospital where he died on December 28, 1968. Allen T. Sanders, 42, and Ralph Bellamy, 33, were found guilty of Officer Ferguson’s murder and of the armed robbery and attempted murder of Officer Cambric. Sanders was sentenced to serve 75-100 years in prison. Bellamy was sentenced to 199 years in prison. Officer Ferguson’s funeral mass was held at Visitation Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Tanya; son, Joe; daughter, Elizabeth Ann; mother, Edith; his two brothers and one sister.