P.O. Leonard T. Jagla #1151

po-leonard-jagla-1151

Name: Jagla, Leonard T.
Star: 1151
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Town Hall Station
End of Watch: 04 September 1928
Incident Details: Police Officer Leonard Jagla, 31, was assigned to the Town Hall Station. On September 4, 1928, Officer Jagla, Lieutenant Mikes, and Officer Frank Dwyer were on patrol when they saw three suspicious men enter a cigar shop near Kedzie Avenue and Arthington Street. The officers walked to the store where they found the front door locked — during business hours. Officer Jagla rushed to the rear door of the store and Officer Dwyer concealed himself near a fence. Lieutenant Mikes pounded on the front door and the offenders panicked. They forgot their loot and ran to the back door where they encountered Officer Jagla and opened fire on him, before fleeing. Officer Dwyer apprehended Morris Luce. Officer Jagla was pronounced dead upon arrival at Saint Anthony Hospital.

Morris Luce and his accomplice, James Nolan, were sentenced to 14 years in prison. The third offender was never apprehended.

Officer Jagla was laid to rest in St. Adalbert Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Lucille, and children, Leonard and Dolores.