P.O. William P. Fahey #4194

Name: Fahey, William P.
Star: 4194
Memorial Panel #: 24
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: Gang Investigation Section
End of Watch: 10 February 1982
Incident Details: Chicago Police Officer William P. Fahey, Jr., 34, was a 10-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Gang Crimes Enforcement Division. On February 9, 1982, Officer Fahey and his partner, Officer Richard J. O’Brien, pulled over a vehicle at 81st and Morgan Streets for failing to obey a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle was Jackie Wilson, and seated next to him was his brother, Andrew Wilson. It is alleged that at the time of the traffic stop, the brothers were on their way to free convicted cop murderer Edgar Hope. According to eyewitness testimony, Jackie exited the vehicle, argued, and refused to provide Officer O’Brien with his driver’s license. After noticing a suspicious object, Officer Fahey had Andrew exit the vehicle. The eyewitness testified, “The police officer [Fahey] had subdued him enough to the point where he could put the handcuffs on, and then the man [Andrew] reached around behind the officer and came up with a shiny pistol.” Andrew Wilson then shot both officers. Jackie noticed Officer O’Brien was moving and shouted to Andrew, “still up and about.” Andrew then jumped on the vehicle’s trunk and shot Officer O’Brien two more times. Officer O’Brien died the same day as the incident. Officer Fahey succumbed to his wounds the next day at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. In 1983, Andrew Wilson was sentenced to death and Jackie was sentenced to life in prison without parole. They were later granted retrials on the grounds that they should have been initially tried separately. During the retrial, Jackie Wilson was convicted of first degree murder in Officer O’Brien’s death, but was acquitted of his part in Officer Fahey’s murder. Andrew Wilson was convicted of two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery in the deaths of the officers. Both men were sentenced to life in prison without parole. Andrew Wilson died in prison in 2007. Officer Fahey’s funeral mass was held at Queen of the Universe Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; and children, Krista, Erin and Jamie. Related Line of Duty Death: P.O. Richard O’Brien