Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 19 years, 9 months, 27 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Bureau of Investigative Services - Detective Division: Unit 477 - Evidence Technician Team - South
District of Incident (Present Day): 004 - South Chicago
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 46
Date of Birth: 11 Jan 1964
Date of Appointment: 30 Jan 1991
Date of Incident: 26 Nov 2010
End of Watch: 26 Nov 2010
Date of Interment: 01 Dec 2010
Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5, Line 16
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 24-E: 27
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: Unknown
Incident & Biographic Details
Evidence Technician Michael Ronald Flisk, Jr., Star #6962, aged 46 years, was a 19 year, 9 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Services – Detective Division: Unit 477 – Evidence Technician Team – South.
On November 26, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., Officer Flisk was dispatched to the 8100 block of South Burnham Avenue to collect evidence from retired Chicago Housing Authority Police Officer, Stephen Peters, age 44, vehicle. Peters customized mustang had been broken into and had its stereo equipment stolen. Officer Flisk was collecting fingerprint evidence from the vehicle when the offender, Timothy Herring, Jr., age 19, returned to the scene. In an effort to evade arrest, Herring told Peters that he knew who had broken into the vehicle. Peters replied that Officer Flisk had recovered fingerprints from the vehicle. Herring, a parolee, understood it would only be a matter of time before police traced the fingerprints back to him through his previous arrest records. He was determined not to return to prison after having served a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery. Herring pretended to walk away when he removed his gun and shot Flisk and Peters. He left the scene and attempted to discard the stolen radio equipment when he noticed one of his victims moving. He walked back and shot Flisk and Peters again. Officer Flisk and Peters died at the scene.
Timothy Herring, Jr., was arrested three days later and charged with two counts of 1st degree murder and for burglary. He was also charged with attempted murder in an unrelated shooting that took place in June. A second male was charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a firearm for hiding the murder weapon for Herring. Herring was on parole at the time of the shooting. Herring stood trial and on May 6, 2015 he was found guilty. On June 26, 2015, Herring was convicted and sentenced to Natural Life with no parole. He was also sentenced to 14 years for the burglary.
Officer Flisk was waked at Brady and Gill Funeral Home located at 2929 West 87th Street. 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 1, 2010 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.
Evidence Technician Michael Ronald Flisk, Jr., born January 11, 1964, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 30, 1991. He earned 55 Honorable Mentions among many other notable achievements during his career.
Officer Flisk was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Nora M. (nee O’Brien); children: Brian Patrick, age 17, Margaret Kathryn, age 20, Michael John, age 24 and Timothy Joseph, age 21; parents: Kathryn (nee Taylor) and Michael Ronald, Sr. (CFD); and siblings: Martin, Maureen (CPD), Margaret (CPD) and Timothy (CPD).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HS633585.
On August 10, 2011, Officer Flisk’s star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.
On December 9, 2018, the 9900 block of South Artesian Avenue was dedicated as “Honorary Officer Michael Flisk Avenue.“ One brown honorary street sign was erected. The sign was located on the Northeast corner of 100th Street and Artesian Avenue in the heart of the Beverly community on the block where Officer Flisk lived.