P.O. Thor Soderberg #14767

Name: Soderberg, Thor
Star: 14767
Memorial Panel #: 9
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: Education and Training Division District
End of Watch: 07 July 2010
Incident Details: Police Officer Thor Soderberg, 43, was an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Education and Training Division. On July 7, 2010, Officer Soderberg participated in a weeklong police operation called Operation Protect Youth. The program was taking place in the Target Response Unit’s facility located at 6120 S. Racine Ave — former Englewood District Station. At approximately 3:45 p.m., Officer Soderberg finished his shift and proceeded to walk to his vehicle in the deployment’s parking lot. The officer was approached by Bryant Brewer, 24, and a physical altercation ensued. During the struggle, Brewer was able to disarm and fatally shoot Officer Soderberg. Then, Brewer stole his gun and left the officer to die. Moments later, Brewer opened fire in what appears to have been an attempted-armed robbery of a civilian. Officers heard the gunshots and ran out of the building where they discovered Brewer and exchanged gunfire with him. Brewer was wounded, but recovered. Officer Thor Soderberg died at the scene. Bryant Brewer has been charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial. Officer Soderberg’s memorial service was held in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. The U.S. Army Veteran is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sisters, Diane and Vanessa; and his brother, Fred.