P.O. Terrence E. Loftus #5701

Name: Loftus, Terrence E.
Star: 5701
Memorial Panel #: 14
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 014
End of Watch: 12 October 1976
Incident Details: Officer Terrence Loftus, 36, was a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 014 District Tactical Unit.

On October 10, 1976, Officer Loftus was driving home from work when he witnessed two rival gangs fighting. The Officer exited his vehicle near Central Park and Fullerton Avenues, announced his office and attempted to separate the gang members. Just as an on duty police officer arrived, multiple gunshots rang out and Officer Loftus was struck in the head. He was rushed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he died two days later.

Ronnie Carasquillo, a known gang member, was arrested and convicted of Officer Loftus’ murder. He was sentenced to 600 years in prison.

Officer Loftus’ funeral mass was held at Our Lady Mother of the Church and he was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Carol.

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation chartered a bus and traveled with 25 uniformed Chicago police officers to the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield to protest the release of inmate Carrasquillo. The inmate’s request for parole was denied by a vote of 8-5.