P.O. Richard W. Clark #13034

Name: Clark, Richard W.
Star: 13034
Memorial Panel #: 15
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 019
End of Watch: 03 April 1986
Incident Details: Police Officer Richard Clark, 48, was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 19th District Tactical Unit. On April 3, 1986, Officer Clark responded to a call about a “man with a gun” on the 1400 block of West Lill Avenue. Earlier in the day, John Pasch, Jr., had murdered his 45-year old landlord, Leslie Shearer, when Shearer sought to evict Pasch due to unpaid rent. Pasch, armed with a rifle, fled to a nearby home. He attempted to wrestle a woman sitting on her front porch into her home. The woman fought him off and ran to safety. Pasch entered the woman’s home and found her 74-year-old sister inside. Unbeknownst to arriving officers, Pasch was behind a window with a rifle pointed at the street. Officer Clark was fatally shot after stepping out of his squad car. Officers returned fire, but failed to hit Pasch. After a 36-hour standoff, Pasch released the hostage and surrendered to the Hostage-Barricade Terrorist Team. John Pasch, Jr., was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and of kidnapping. He was sentenced to the death penalty. In 1993, he died of natural causes at Pontiac State Prison at the age of 64. Officer Clark’s funeral mass was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church and he was laid to rest in Memory Gardens Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Erika; children, Julie and Richard; brother, James; and his sisters, Joan, Mary, and Shirley.