Curtis Ronald Baker  | Star #12212

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 16 years, 6 months, 19 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Bureau of Operational Services - Special Operations Group: Unit 701 - Public Transportation Section

District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth

Location of Occurrence: 4500 South Federal Street

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 45


Date of Birth: 30 Aug 1938

Date of Appointment: 1967

Date of Incident: 02 Jun 1984

End of Watch: 02 Jun 1984

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: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 2

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3, line 40

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 34-E: 13

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: YES, Branch Unknown


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Curtis Ronald Baker, Star #12212, aged 45 years, was a 16 year, 6 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Special Operations Group: Unit 701 – Public Transportation Section Tactical Unit.

On June 2, 1984, at 1:40 a.m., Officer Baker was off duty and in plainclothes when he was escorting a woman to her apartment in the Robert Taylor Homes at 4500 South Federal Street. Three men, Bernard Lash, age 19, of 4500 South State Street, David Govan, age 24, of 4500 South State Street and Eugene Jackson, age 19, of 4500 South State Street, trailed the pair when one shouted “stickup.“ The incident occurred in the 4th floor stairwell. Officer Baker drew his gun from its holster but was shot by Lash before he could fire his weapon. All three offenders fled without taking anything. Officer Baker sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, the bullet perforating the heart and liver. He was transported to Michael Reese Hospital by CFD Ambulance #35 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Alverdi at 2:00 a.m. on June 2, 1984.

Bernard Lash, David Govan and Eugene Jackson were later identified and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. All three were ordered held without bond.

Officer Baker was waked at the House of Branch Funeral Home located at 3125 West Roosevelt Road. His funeral mass was held at Emmanuel Baptist Church located at 8301 South Damen Avenue. He was laid to rest on June 7, 1984 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Curtis Ronald Baker, born August 30, 1938, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 13, 1967 and was issued Star #13077. On March 22, 1966, he was issued Patrolman Star #12212 after reporting his previous star missing.

Officer Baker served in the Armed Forces from 1961 to 1963 and was Honorably Discharged. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Baker was survived by his wife, Patricia Elaine (nee Box); children: Keith LaMar, age 16 and Kimberly LaShawn, age 18 and parents: Donester Virginia (nee Baker) and Ross.

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #F198923.