Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 10 months, 7 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 9 - Kensington
District of Incident (Present Day): 005 - Calumet
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 26
Date of Birth: 08 Oct 1898
Date of Appointment: 09 Jun 1922
Date of Incident: 16 Apr 1925
End of Watch: 16 Apr 1925
Date of Interment: 20 Apr 1925
Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 13
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 13
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 62-E: 7
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, Star #5225, aged 26 years, was a 2 year, 10 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9 – Kensington.
On April 15, 1925, at 10:40 p.m., Officer Sullivan was on patrol with his partner, Patrolman Patrick H. Devine when they observed two suspicious men on 116th Street approximately 100 feet east of South Indiana Avenue. The officers stopped to question the men about a recent robbery. Officer Devine stepped out of the squad car and seized one of the men while the other, Earl Lucio, age 22, of 11455 South Indian Avenue, began to fire at Officer Sullivan. Lucio fired several times, striking Officer Sullivan mortally wounding him. Officer Devine returned fire, killing Lucio. Officer Sullivan was rushed to Pullman Hospital, where he died of his injuries the following day on April 16, 1925.
Officer Sullivan was laid to rest on April 20, 1925 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, born October 8, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 9, 1922. He earned 2 Credible Mentions and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $120.00 during his career.
Officer Sullivan was survived by his mother, Margaret.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #8958.