Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 5 months, 27 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 7, 11th Precinct - Grand Crossing
District of Incident (Present Day): 006 - Gresham
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Accidental
Age at Time of Death: 41
Date of Birth: 14 Aug 1848
Date of Appointment: 15 Nov 1889
Date of Incident: 09 May 1890
End of Watch: 12 May 1890
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 6
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Probationary Patrolman William Friedrich Carl Ellfeldt, Star # Unknown, aged 41 years, was a 5 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 7, 11th Precinct – Grand Crossing.
On May 9, 1890, Officer William Ellfeldt was on duty at the patrol barn when a pistol fell from his sergeant’s coat pocket. The pistol discharged upon hitting the floor and the round struck Officer Ellfeldt in the abdomen. While under his physicians care at his Grand Crossing home he succumbed to his injuries four days later on May 12, 1890.
The incident was ruled an accident and the sergeant was exonerated from all blame.
Officer Ellfeldt was laid to rest in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Probationary Patrolman William Friedrich Carl Ellfeldt, born August 14, 1848, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 15, 1889.
Officer Ellfeldt was survived by his wife, Johanna (nee Helbrig) and son, John Carl.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.