P.O. William R. Mooney #2590

Name: Mooney, William R.
Star: 2590
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 028 Precinct
End of Watch: 01-Apr-1908
Incident Details: Police Officer William Mooney, 52, was assigned to the 28th Precinct.

On January 2, 1908, Officer Mooney was interviewed a robbery victim when he saw three suspicious males at Sangamon and Van Buren Streets.  .  The officer suspecting the three men –William Brown, Thomas McCann and Horace Simmons— and asked them to walk towards him.  The men began running and the pursued them.  During the pursuit shots rang out and one of the offenders wounded the officer. Officer Mooney was transported to Grace Hospital where he died on January 2.

Thomas McCann and William Brown were arrested for their roles and sentenced to 14 years in prison.  Simmons was tried for another murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Officer Mooney was laid to rest in Forest Home Cemetery.