P-O- Henry McDowell #1609

P.O. Henry L. McDowell #1609

Name: McDowell, Henry L.
Star: 1609
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 27th Precinct
End of Watch: 07-Sep-1892
Incident Details: Police Officer Henry McDowell, 30, was a 1-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 27th Precinct.

On September 6, 1892, Officer McDowell and his partner, Officer John Powell, were part of a team conducting a raid on an illegal gambling horse track in Garfield Park.  Officer Powell climbed after a gambler, James M. Brown, on top of a shed and confronted him.  Both men had their guns drawn and Brown shouted, "You can't arrest me!"  Officer Powell and Brown were lowering their weapons when Brown jumped into an inclosure.  Officer Powell was shot after he pursued Brown into the inclosure.  Officer McDowell was running toward Brown when they exchanged gunfire and were both injured.  The offender, Brown, died at the scene. Officer Powell died instantly.  Officer McDowell died at Cook County Hospital the next day.

Officer McDowell's funeral mass was held at his brother's home and he was laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery.  He was survived by his parents.