Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 3 years, 0 months, 17 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 2 - Pekin Inn

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 100 block of West 30th Street

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 33


Date of Birth: 10 Oct 1892

Date of Appointment: 1922

Date of Incident: 14 Nov 1925

End of Watch: 14 Nov 1925

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery - Glenwood, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-9

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 15

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 15

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 42-E: 12

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman George Washington Thompson, Star #2009, aged 33 years, was a 3 year, 0 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2 – Pekin Inn.

On November 14, 1925, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Thompson and his partner, Patrolman Napoleon Sutton, were working their regular beat when they observed two suspicious men, Floyd Battle and Claude Huddleston, on 30th Street between Dearborn and Federal Streets. The officers stopped Battle and Huddleston and asked them where they were going as they flashed their stars. It was at this moment, the two men became nervous and drew revolvers, firing at the officers. Battle shot Officer Thompson causing him to fall within seconds but Thompson was able to continue firing. After Thompson fell, Battles was shot by Officer Sutton and killed, he to collapsing to the ground. Seeing his compatriot fall, Huddleston surrendered and was taken into custody by Officer Sutton. Officer Thompson sustained a fatal gunshot wound and died in the exchange.

Officer Thompson was laid to rest on November 19, 1925 in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery, 18301 South Glenwood Thornton Road, Glenwood, Illinois.

On November 16, 1925, Huddleston was held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner. On March 6, 1926, he was acquitted by Judge Gemmill.

Patrolman George Washington Thompson, born October 10, 1892, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 28, 1922. He earned 3 Credible Mentions and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $180.00 during his career.

Officer Thompson served in the U.S. Army thru October 21, 1918 in 52 Company 161 DB and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Private. He was survived by his wife, Lillian.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #9135.