Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary  | Star #12003

Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary | Star #12003

Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary | Star #12003

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Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary, Star #12003, aged 31 years, was a 1 year, 9 month, 1 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Calumet.

On December 17, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Officer Gary and his partner, Police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo #10101, were working beat 505. They responded to a ShotSpotter alert of shots fired at 101st Street and Dauphin Avenue. While investigating the shots fired alert the officers encountered Edward R. Brown, aged 24 years, whom had fired the shots detected by ShotSpotter holding a gun. Brown began to flee Southbound on Dauphin Avenue and the officers gave chase. The foot pursuit continued up a train embankment located at 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue where the offender crossed the tracks heading towards Cottage Grove Avenue.

Still in pursuit the officers began to cross the tracks at 701 East 103rd Street. While standing on the Southbound tracks, the officers observed a northbound train approaching and waited for it to pass before crossing the tracks. Preoccupied with the foot pursuit, the officers were unaware of an approaching Southbound Metra train, No. 119, which had left the Millennium Station at 5:58 pm. Unaware that the Southbound train was bearing down on them the officers most likely contributed the sound from it to the passing northbound train. Shortly after the northbound train passed they were struck from behind by the Southbound train. It is estimated that the train was traveling at 60-65 miles per hour at the time of the incident. Both officers died on the scene and were both transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, located at 2121 West Harrison Street, by CFD Ambulance #’s 5 and 60.

Brown was apprehended a short while later by other responding officers and placed into custody. Brown’s gun was also recovered near the scene where the officers were struck. On December 19, 2018, Brown was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm – Endangerment.

Officer Gary was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois. His funeral mass was held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel located at 7740 South Western Avenue. He was laid to rest on December 21, 2018 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois..

Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary, born August 21, 1987, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 16, 2017 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Special Honorable Mention (posthumously), 1 Military Service Award and 3 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Gary served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Force Officer from 2010 to 2015 and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his military service he earned the Air Force Achievement Medal Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N ‘ Deuce, Overseas Ribbon Long, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Air Force Longevity Service, USAF NCO PME Graduate, Training Honor Graduate and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with I Service Star. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Gary was survived by his wife, Kelly (nee Kubil); daughter, Tess aged 6 months; parents: Michael, Sr. and Kimberly and siblings: David and Michael, Jr.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB557558.

On August 13, 2019, Officer Gary’s star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“  Marmolejo  | Star #10101

Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“ Marmolejo | Star #10101

Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“ Marmolejo | Star #10101

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Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“ Marmolejo, Star #10101, aged 36 years, was a 2 year, 7 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Calumet.

On December 17, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Officer Marmolejo and his partner, Police Officer Conrad Gary #12003, were working beat 505. They responded to a ShotSpotter alert of shots fired at 101st Street and Dauphin Avenue. While investigating the shots fired alert the officers encountered Edward R. Brown, aged 24 years, whom had fired the shots detected by ShotSpotter holding a gun. Brown began to flee Southbound on Dauphin Avenue and the officers gave chase. The foot pursuit continued up a train embankment located at 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue where the offender crossed the tracks heading towards Cottage Grove Avenue.

Still in pursuit the officers began to cross the tracks at 701 East 103rd Street. While standing on the Southbound tracks, the officers observed a northbound train approaching and waited for it to pass before crossing the tracks. Preoccupied with the foot pursuit, the officers were unaware of an approaching Southbound Metra train, No. 119, which had left the Millennium Station at 5:58 pm. Unaware that the Southbound train was bearing down on them the officers most likely contributed the sound from it to the passing northbound train. Shortly after the northbound train passed they were struck from behind by the Southbound train. It is estimated that the train was traveling at 60-65 miles per hour at the time of the incident. Both officers died on the scene and were both transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, located at 2121 West Harrison Street, by CFD Ambulance #’s 5 and 60.

Brown was apprehended a short while later by other responding officers and placed into custody. Brown’s gun was also recovered near the scene where the officers were struck. On December 19, 2018, Brown was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm – Endangerment.

Officer Marmolejo was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois. His funeral mass was held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel located at 7740 South Western Avenue. He was laid to rest on December 22, 2018 in Bethania Cemetery, 7701 South Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“ Marmolejo, born October 29, 1982, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 25, 2016 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Special Honorable Mention (posthumously), 1 Department Commendation, 4 Honorable Mentions and 1 Emblem of Recognition for Physical Fitness during his career.

Officer Marmolejo was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Maria (nee Perez); daughters: Madalyn, Rebeca and Sofia; parents: Manuel and Rebeca (nee Richarte); siblings: Angelica, Lorena, Luis and Rogelio.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB557558.

On August 13, 2019, Officer Marmolejo’s star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Police Officer Samuel  Jimenez  | Star #19526

Police Officer Samuel Jimenez | Star #19526

Police Officer Samuel Jimenez | Star #19526

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Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, Star #19526, aged 28 years, was a 1 year, 9 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District – Wentworth.

On November 19, 2018, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Doctor Tamara O’Neal, aged 38 years, became engaged in a domestic dispute with her ex-fiancé, Juan Lopez, in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital located at 2525 S Michigan Avenue. Ms. O’Neal had recently called off her engagement to Lopez. Lopez confronted O’Neil in the parking lot and argued about her calling off the engagement. Lopez also demanded that O’Neil return the engagement ring. Ms. O’Neal was also in the company of a an acquaintance who attempted to intervene. At this time Lopez lifted his shirt and displayed a firearm. Ms. O’Neal’s friend immediately ran into the hospital to summon help and it was at this time Lopez drew his weapon and fired multiple rounds into Ms. O’Neal. Lopez then began to walk toward the Emergency Room entrance; at this time a squad car was entering the hospital’s parking lot. Lopez opened fire on the squad car causing the officers to perform an evasive maneuver. The officer’s then exited their squad car and gave chase of the offender into the emergency room waiting area. A gunfight ensued and a 10-1 was called over the radio. Officer Jimenez and his partner, Police Officer Armando Zambrano #19326, were working beat 231. They were assigned a station assignment and were en route to the 1st District police station when they monitored the call for a 10-1. Only a few blocks away they responded to the scene and joined the officers onscene in engaging Lopez inside the hospital. Inside the hospital’s lobby Lopez continued firing and would fire over 30 rounds during the incident. Unknowingly, Ms. Dayna Less, aged 25 years, a Pharmacy Technician was on an elevator approaching the 1st floor when the shooting inside the hospital was taking place. As she stepped out of the elevator Lopez turned his weapon on her and fired. Ms. Less sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Officer Jimenez was also fatally struck in his neck just above his bullet prrof vest. In addition a second officer sustained a gunshot to his holster, the bullet lodging into the slide of his S&W firearm, which was holstered at the time. The bullet impacted the firearm where the slide meets the frame just above the magazine well. Lopez was shot in the abdomen by police and eventually commited suicide by shooting himself in the head. Officer Jimenez was resuscitated by Mercy Hospital Staff prior to being transported by CFD Ambulance #41 to The University of Chicago Medical Center, located at 5841 South Maryland Avenue. He would later pass away from the injuries he sustained in the gunfight. Ms. O’Neil was pronounced dead on the scene and Ms. Less was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, located at 251 East Huron Street, where she would succumb to her injuries. In total four people were killed in the active shooter incident including Lopez.

Officer Jimenez was waked at Oehler Funeral Home located at 2099 Miner Stteet, Des Plaines, lllinois, his funeral mass was also held in the St. Joseph Chapel at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located at 1170 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois. He was laid to rest on November 26, 2018 in in Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 North Milwaukee Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, born April 28, 1990, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on February 16, 2017 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Carter H. Harrison Medal (posthumously) and 2 Honorable Mentions during his career. Before becoming a police officer he worked as a Detetion Aide for the Chicago Police Department.

Officer Jimenez was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Crystal nee Garcia; three children; mother, Esther (nee Rivera) and nine siblings. He was preceded in death by his father.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB502551.

On August 13, 2019, Officer Jimenez’s star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Commander Paul R. Bauer  | Star #29

Commander Paul R. Bauer | Star #29

Commander Paul R. Bauer | Star #29

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Commander Paul R. Bauer, Star #29, aged 53 years, was a 31 year, 6 month, 30 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 18th District – Near North.

On February 13, 2017, at approximately 1:40 p.m., a 1st District tactical team observed a suspicious subject, Shomari Legghette, at State Street and Lower Wacker Drive. In response to a shooting at 35 East Lower Wacker Drive the week prior, officers were saturating the area to combat drug sales, which sparked the shooting. The officers attempted to make contact with Legghette for a field interview when he fled on foot. A foot pursuit followed and a description of Legghette was broadcast over Zone 4 radio. The pursuing officers lost sight of Legghette at Lake and State Streets and relayed the message over the radio. One of the pursuing officers cautioned responding units to not get hurt, the offender was only wanted for a field interview.

Commander Bauer had just attended a training session within the vicinity of the Thompson Center and minutes before he was due to head to a meeting at City Hall he monitored the radio call. The Commander spotted a man matching the description of the suspect at 161 North Clark Street and gave chase across Clark Street into the Thompson Center Plaza located at 100 West Randolph Street. Commander Bauer confronted Legghette in the plaza near the top of the Food Court’s East emergency exit stairs. A struggle ensued and Legghette pulled the Commander down the stairs. Shortly after the fall Legghette produced a semi-automatic handgun with a thirty round magazine. Legghette stood over the Commander and fired seven rounds. The Commander was struck six times in the head, neck, torso, back and wrist. Legghette then attempted to make good his escape, but was arrested at the top of the staircase by responding officers. Due to the commotion, it wasn’t immediately known that the Commander was shot. An officer inspecting the staircase found him a few minutes later. His body was lying just out of sight from the top of the staircase, his weapon still holstered, and his radio and handcuffs lying next to his body. An ambulance was summoned and Commander Bauer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly after the arrest of Legghette he was found to have been wearing a bullet proof vest and was transported to Area Central Headquarters for further investigation. Further investigation revealed Surveillance video that captured the struggle and three civilian witnesses identified Legghette in a lineup as the man who struggled with Bauer at the top of a stairwell. Legghette was charged with First Degree Murder, Possession of Less Than 15 Grams Heroin and Possession of a Firearm by Felon. During his bond hearing on February 14, 2018 Judge Mary Marubio ordered Legghette held without bond. On March 13, 2020, a jury returned a verdict of guilty and Legghette was convicted of 1st Degree Murder.

Commander Bauer was the first officer, the rank of Commander, to be killed in the line of duty. He also had a cousin, Patrolman Martin Emmett Darcy, Jr., who was also fatally shot in the line of duty on September 27, 1982.

Commander Bauer was waked at Nativity of Our Lord Church located at 653 West 37th Street, his funeral mass was also held at Nativity of Our Lord Church. He was laid to rest on February 17, 2018 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Commander Paul R. Bauer, born November 17, 1964, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on July 14, 1986 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Carter H. Harrison Medal (posthumously), 32 Honorable Mentions, 3 Attendance Recognition Awards, the 2009 Crime Reduction Award, the 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Presidential Election Deployment Award, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 18 Complimentary Letters, 1 Appearance Award and 7 Physical Fitness Awards during his career. Commander Bauer was promoted to Sergeant in 1994, Lieutenant in August 2005, Captain on May 1, 2015 and to Commander on June 25, 2016.

Commander Bauer was survived by his wife, Erin (nee Molloy); daughter, Grace, age 13; parents, Annette and Paul and siblings, Jane (Chris) Schuleit, Pam (Andy) Howell and Sue (Frank) March.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB150650.

On February 17, 2018, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced that the new joint Chicago Fire and Police Academy located on the 4300 block of West Chicago Avenue, which will begin construction in late 2018, will be named the Paul R. Bauer Academy.

On September 25, 2018, Commander Bauer’s star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten  | Star #14931

Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten | Star #14931

Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten | Star #14931

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Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten, Star #14931, aged 65 years, was a 32 year, 9 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District – Chicago Lawn.

On January 7, 1997, at 11:21 p.m., Officer Van Vegten and his partner Patrolman Matt Koman, were working beat 844. The officers were responding to a “shots fired” call at the CHA’s LeClaire Courts housing complex located at 4941 West 44th Street. While enroute the officers spotted a vehicle containing four known gang members who immediately fled northbound on Cicero Avenue at a high rate of speed. Before Officer Koman could radio in the pursuit another maroon vehicle veered into their lane of traffic and struck the squad car. Officer Van Vegten was forced to take evasive action and was forced to swerve left to avoid a crash. The squad car struck the center-lane curb and crashed head on into a concrete planter located in the median in front of 5046 South Cicero Avenue. The squad car then caught fire while the officers were still inside. Two passerby, Mr. Valdemar Delgado and Ben Howard, an off duty Cook County Sheriff Corrections Officer, observed the crash occur and pulled over to assist. Officer Howard attempted to open the squad car doors with negative results. Howard then returned to his vehicle and retrieved a crowbar in which he used to break the windows of the squad car. Mr. Delgado and Officer Howard then pulled Officer Koman out of the window and away from the vehicle. They then pulled Officer Van Vegten from the squad car just before it became fully engulfed in flames. Officer Komen was transported to Christ Hospital by CFD Ambulance #21 and was treated and released in February after his injuries were treated. Officer Van Vegten was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #12 in critical condition. He sustained a collapsed lung, a shattered right femur and a broken rib, which had pierced his aorta. The rapid blood loss from that injury left him paralyzed from the chest down and legally blind. After emerging from a six-week coma, the officer underwent several surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for therapy. In the following years, Officer Van Vegten suffered through numerous surgeries and continuously battled infections and wounds that required months or years to heal.

Officer Van Vegten was 44 years old at the time of the incident, would enter the Disability Pension Roll (DPR) on March 11, 1998 and later resign from the Department on August 20, 2015. He survived the crash but would suffer from years of vision loss and therapies. Every day of his life continued to be a new challenge. For the past several years of his life Officer Van Vegten had volunteered for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Officer Van Vegten passed away on November 2, 2017, from complications resulting from his line of duty injury. On December 15, 2017, the Will County Coroner’s Office ruled that his death resulted from injuries he sustained in the crash.

Officer Van Vegten was waked at Orland Funeral Home located at 9900 West 143rd Street, Orland Park, Illinois. He was laid to rest on November 4, 2017 in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery Cemetery, 16201 South 104th Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois.

Patrol Specialist Andre H. Van Vegten, born on August 20, 1952, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 17, 1986. He was certified as a Patrol Specialist in 1990.

Officer Van Vegten was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his daughter, Jennifer. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B017876.

On July 17, 2018, Officer Van Vegten’s star was retired by Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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