|Name:||Szewczyk, Louis C.|
|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||South Chicago Station|
|End of Watch:||27 January 1930|
|Incident Details:||Police Officer Louis Szewczyk, 35, was assigned to the South Chicago Station.
At approximately 11:45 p.m., on January 27, 1930, Officer Szewczyk and his partner, Daniel Collins, 33, were on patrol when they spotted three suspicious men near 90thStreet and Buffalo Avenue. The officers stoped their squad car and Officer Szewczyk exited the vehicle. The officer announced, “We are police officers,” when one of the men, Max Garcia opened fire, killing Officer Szewczyk instantly. Officer Collins leapt from the vehicle and chased Garcia for several blocks. Garcia was placed under arrest and later identified his two accomplices – Joseph Garcia and Alphonso Reyes. Officer Szewczyk was pronounced dead upon arrival at Illinois Central Hospital.
Max Garcia was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. The charges against Joseph Garcia and Alphonso Reyes were dismissed.
Officer Szewczyk was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and two children.