P.O. Martin E. Darcy, Jr., #6444

Name: Darcy Jr., Martin
Star: 6444
Memorial Panel #: 21
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 022
End of Watch: 27 September 1982
Incident Details: Police Officer Martin Darcy, 52, was a 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 022 Distrct. In 1982, Officer Darcy was nearing retirement when he asked to be reassigned from clerical duties to patrolman. He wanted to end his career the way he had started it. On September 27, 1982, Officer Darcy and his partner, Jerry Johnson, were patrolling the South Side Beverly neighborhood when they responded to a robbery-in-progress call. A gunman had entered the Southtown Health Food store located at 2148 W. 95th Street and demanded money. The owner’s wife complied with the offender’s demands and gave him the contents of the cash register, but her husband pursued him and was shot. He was not seriously injured and was able to give a full description of the offender, Aaron Washington, to Darcy and his partner. The officers pursued the offender to a residence where he was able to gain entry and shoot the owner in the shoulder. He demanded the owner’s car keys hoping to flee in a different vehicle. The female resident told the offender her car keys were in the kitchen and then ran out her front door. She sought help from a neighbor who was an Evergreen Park Police Officer. As Darcy and his partner continued their search for Washington, they were surprised and shot by the offender. Officer Darcy died as a result of his injuries and Officer Johnson was left with neurological damage. Responding officers engaged Washington in a gun battle and the offender was killed. Officer Darcy’s funeral mass was held at St. Christina’s Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Martin; daughters, Diane, Paula, Christina and Patricia and five grandchildren.