Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 1 year, 6 months, 18 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 20, 33rd Precinct - Rawson
District of Incident (Present Day): 014 - Shakespeare
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 29
Date of Birth: 27 Nov 1887
Date of Appointment: 25 Oct 1915
Date of Incident: 11 May 1917
End of Watch: 13 May 1917
Date of Interment: 17 May 1917
Cemetery: Mount Olive Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-4
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 49
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 16-E: 11
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Charles C. P. Larsen, Star #4830, aged 29 years, was a 1 year, 6 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 20, 33rd Precinct – Rawson.
On May 11, 1917, at 1:05 a.m., Officer Larsen, while on patrol, discovered two burglars in the act of forcing open the basement door to the Star Theatre located at 1447 North Milwaukee Avenue. Officer Larson climbed down the dimly lit basement stairs and confronted the burglars. He ordered them to move away from the door and began questioning them. One of them opened fire, striking Officer Larsen in the arm. This gave the burglars enough time to slip by the officer and flee up the stairs. Officer Larsen gave chase and drew his service revolver. He fired on the two fleeing felons and wounded one. The gunmen returned fire as they fled and at North Avenue and Wood Street Officer Larsen was struck three times, hitting him in the cheek, chest and arm. It was at this time he received his mortal wound, the bullet penetrating his lung, collapsing to the ground. Officer Larsen was found by responding officers and taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later on May 13, 1917 from a septic infection.
Before Officer Larson’s death, a suspect by the name of Edward Schieve was arrested and identified by Larsen as one of the shooters. Schieve denied this but admitted to being at the Star Theatre that night. Schieve offered to name the offenders, but it is unknown if any arrests were made. The assailants were unknown and are still at large as of January 1918. It was believed that one of the offenders may have been a participant in the “film operators” war.
Officer Larsen was waked at his residence located at 4834 West Cornelia Avenue was laid to rest on May 17, 1917 in Mount Olive Cemetery, 3800 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Charles C. P. Larsen, born November 27, 1887, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 25, 1915. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.
Officer Larsen was survived by his wife and two children.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.