|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||Detective Division|
|End of Watch:||10 August 1953|
|Incident Details:||Detective Oreste Gonzalez, 27, was a 5-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Detective Division.
On October 8, 1953, Detective Gonzalez and his partner, Robert Walsh, were notified about a man who had robbed a cab driver. The officers arrested Charles Metzger, 27, and placed him in their squad car. While in the backseat, Metzger drew a gun and fatally injured Detective Gonzales. Officer Walsh returned fire and killed Metzger. Detective Gonzalez was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Detective Gonzalez was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery. He is survived by his then pregnant wife, Helen, and a child that would be born.