P.O. Luke J. Fitzpatrick #1084

Name: Fitzpatrick, Luke J.
Star: 1084
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 012 Precinct
End of Watch: 19-Nov-1906
Incident Details: Police Officer Luke Fitzpatrick, 36, was assigned to the 012 Precinct.

On November 19, 1906, Officer Fitzpatrick and his partner, Officer Burke, responded to a robbery-in-progress occurring in a train station.  When the officers arrived at the scene, Charles Hanson and Guy Van Tasel were attempting to break into a safe.  The armed robbers opened fire and shot Officer Fitzpatrick.  Officer Burke returned fire and wounded Hanson.  Both offenders fled the scene.  Officer Fitzpatrick was transported to St. Bernard Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Charles Hanson sought medical attention at St. Bernard’s Hospital.  Hanson was sentenced to life in prison.  He was released in 1949.  Guy Van Tasel was arrested in California in 1907.  Van Tasel was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Fitzpatrick’s funeral mass was held at Holy Cross Church and he was laid to rest in Sag Bridge Cemetery.