Blanton William Sutton Sr. | Star #5275

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 11 months, 27 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 2-A - Stanton

District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth

Location of Occurrence: 60 West 37th Street

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 30


Date of Birth: 27 Feb 1892

Date of Appointment: 1922

Date of Incident: 04 Jun 1923

End of Watch: 04 Jun 1923

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-7

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 14

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 8

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 11-W: 3

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Blanton William Sutton, Sr., Star #5275, aged 30 years, was a 11 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2-A – Stanton.

On June 4, 1923, at 10:20 p.m., Officer Sutton while on duty went to a pool hall located at 60 West 37th Street in search of an unknown person. According to the owner of the pool hall, Mrs. Forbes, Sutton walked up and down the length of the poolroom several times. He then made his way to the exit satisfied that the person he was looking for was not in the pool hall. As he was leaving the establishment he stopped to talk with Mrs. Forbes near the front door. While they were conversing he spotted Ernest Jackson, a laborer. Jackson, who was known to police, entered the pool hall and scowled at the officer. Taking offense, Officer Sutton remarked to Mrs. Forbes, “That man wants to be arrested. Maybe we’d better take him over to a whaling.” Officer Sutton suspected that Jackson was concealing a weapon and followed him to a pool table at the back of the hall. Patrolman Sutton confronted the man and began to question him. After a few question, Officer Sutton began to search him for concealed weapons. Jackson resisted backing away and drawing his gun. Sutton wasted no time and quickly drew his gun. Suddenly, they both fired on each other. Two shots were heard in quick succession. Officer Sutton was struck and fell to the floor mortally wounded. Jackson then fled the scene making good his escape. James Wisger, a patron, was also accidentally struck by a stray bullet in the commotion and died at the scene. Officer Sutton was taken to Provident Hospital but died en route.

Jackson was later arrested and committed suicide while in police custody.

Officer Sutton was waked at his residence located at 6446 South Champlain Avenue. He was laid to rest on June 11, 1923 in Lincoln Cemetery, 2300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Blanton William Sutton, born February 22, 1892, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 8, 1922.

Officer Sutton was survived by his wife, Margaret and children: Blanton William, Jr., Gladys, Margaret and Gladys.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #7462.