P.O. Richard M. Francis #5276

Name: Francis, Richard M.
Star: 5276
Memorial Panel #: 19
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 019 District
End of Watch: 02 July 2008
Incident Details: Officer Richard Francis, 60, was a 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 019 District. On July 2, 2008, Officer Richard Francis was on patrol alone when he responded to a disturbance occurring on a CTA bus near the intersection of Belmont and Western Avenues. A CTA bus passenger contacted police for help after a woman began to harass and scream at her. Officer Francis heard the radio call in his vehicle and told dispatch he would handle the incident alone. The officer drove to the CTA bus stop, a block away from his Belmont District, believing the incident would be nothing more than a routine disturbance. When he arrived, the aggressive passenger, Robin Johnson, was a woman familiar to him and other Belmont District Officers. As Francis stood near Johnson, she disarmed and shot him. Officer Francis fell to the ground and laid motionless as Johnson shot him two more times. Johnson then shot at responding officers who returned fire — 20 shots fired in seven seconds. Johnson was transported to a local hospital where she made a full recovery. Officer Francis died of his injuries at the scene. Officer Francis’ funeral was held at St. Monica Church. He is survived by his wife Deborah; two step-daughters, Bianca and Amanda.