Sgt. Otha LeMons #1048

Name: LeMons, Otha
Star: 1048
Memorial Panel #: 14
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 005
End of Watch: 08 May 1974
Incident Details: Sergeant Otha Le Mons, 54, was a 24-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 005 District. On August 5, 1974, Sergeant LeMons was off duty and in a lounge located on 62 East 100thStreet when an armed robbery occurred. At approximately 1:00 a.m., three alleged members of the Black P Stone Nation entered the lounge with guns. The sergeant identified himself as a police officer and withdrew his weapon when two of the offenders opened fire and shot him five times. Willie Jefferson, 23, was charged with the murder and four counts of armed robbery. Larry Collins, 16, was named in a juvenile for the sergeant’s murder and three counts of armed robbery. Kenneth Tompkins was charged with murder. Sergeant Le Mons’ funeral mass was held at St. Columbanus Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Verdun; daughter, Babette Davis; and two grandchildren.