P.O. Michael A. Ceriale #17429

Name: Ceriale, Michael A.
Star: 17429
Memorial Panel #: 14
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 002 District
End of Watch: 21 August 1998
Incident Details: Police Officer Michael Ceriale, 26, was a 15-month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 002 District. On August 15, 1998, Officer Ceriale and his partner, Joseph Ferenzi, were conducting undercover narcotics surveillance on Gangster Disciples gang members Jonathan Tolliver, Willie Hunter, George Alexander, and Robert Brandt. The partners were conducting drug surveillance near the Robert Taylor Homes at 4101 S. Federal Street when they were noticed by Brandt. Brandt alerted Hunter and Tolliver to the presence of the officers. Then, Hunter and Tolliver ran out of the building with their guns drawn; Tolliver fired one fatal shot. The shot hit Officer Ceriale in the abdomen, below his bulletproof vest. On August 21, 1998, Officer Ceriale succumbed to his injuries at Cook County Hospital. Ezra Evans, 27, who illegally supplied the gang members with 13 guns, including the weapon used to murder Officer Ceriale was sentenced to 25 months in prison. Robert Brandt, 20, accepted a plea agreement. In exchange for his surrendering the weapon used to murder Officer Ceriale to police, prosecutors agreed to dismiss drug and weapons charges against him. Brandt pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Hunter, 25, and Alexander, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and were each sentenced to 30 years in prison. Tolliver, 19, was found guilty of first-degree murder and of manufacturing and delivering cocaine. Tolliver was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Officer Ceriale’s funeral mass was held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cathedral and he was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Anthony and Maria; and grandmother, Anna Retelskyj.