Sergeant Harry J. Crowley #160

Name: Crowley, Harry J.
Star: 160
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 020 District
End of Watch: 08-Nov-1924
Incident Details:

Detective Sergeant Harry Crowley, 40, was a 19-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 020 District.

On November 8, 1924, Sergeant Crowley was at the saloon of John Quail on the 500 block of West Polk Street.  The officer was sitting in the rear of the saloon when two armed robbers wearing blue handkerchiefs over their faces burst through the door and yelled, “Throw up your hands!”  The sergeant withdrew his gun from his shoulder holster and burst through the swinging doors.  The sergeant and the armed robber, Colesto Hernandez, 28, simultaneously fired at each other.  Sergeant Crowley was fatally shot in the heart.  Hernandez was shot in the chest and died at the bridewell hospital.  The second armed robber escaped and was never apprehended.  A patron of the saloon, Frank Hallstrom, 37, was shot during the incident and died the next day.

Detective Sergeant Harry J. Crowley’s funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery.  He was survived by his brothers, Cornelius and William; and sister, Mrs. Frank Barrow.