P.O. Walter J. Storm #6891

Name: Storm, Walter J.
Star: 6891
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 028
End of Watch: 06 July 1942
Incident Details: Police Officer Walter J. Storm, 35, was assigned to the Austin Station.

On July 06, 1942, after finishing his shift, Officer Storm unintentionally walked into a robbery-in-progress occurring in a tavern located in the 5100 block of West North Avenue. As he entered the tavern, the bartender yelled, “Look out Walter. It’s a stick-up!” Storm immediately reached for his holster, removed his weapon and fatally shot one of the offenders, Eugene Guzy. Tragically, the wounded Guzy was able to return gunfire, fatally wounding Officer Storm. Guzy, a parolee, died at the scene. Police recovered a parole card in Guzy’s pocket which helped lead them to his four accomplices. Officer Storm succumbed to his wounds in the ambulance prior to arrival at St. Anne’s Hospital.

Leo Piscopo was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Anthony Moskal was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison. Nick Gianos was charged with murder and three robberies.

The offenders were members of the “Polka Dot Handkerchief Gang.” Nick Gianos, Leo Piscopo, and Anthony Moscal were each sentenced to 35 years in prison, while Sharlene O’Neill, the getaway driver, received 20 years for her role. Officer Storm died of his gunshot wounds and

He was laid to rest in Mount Olive Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Helene.