P.O. S. Wellington McArthur

Name: McArthur, S W.
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: West Madison Street Station
End of Watch: 29-Jun-1877
Incident Details: Police Officer Spencer Wellington McArthur, 30, was a 1-month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the West Madison Street Station.

On June 15, 1877, Officer S.W. McArthur and his partner, Officer Henry Smith, were on patrol when they heard a man yell, “Frank, you have cut me," from a lumberyard on Canal Street near the Lake Street Bridge.  Officer McArthur was attempting to arrest Frank Sheppard when he was stabbed in the abdomen.  The officer succumbed to his injuries on June 29.

Frank Sheppard was found guilty of Officer McArthur’s murder.  He was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison

Officer S.W. McArthur was survived by his pregnant wife and child.  He had previously served with the Whitehall, New York, police department.