Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 7 months, 22 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 5th District - Calumet
District of Incident (Present Day): 005 - Calumet
Cause of Death: Struck - By Train
Age at Time of Death: 36
Date of Birth: 29 Oct 1982
Date of Appointment: 25 Apr 2016
Date of Incident: 17 Dec 2018
End of Watch: 17 Dec 2018
Date of Interment: 22 Dec 2018
Cemetery: Bethania Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Pending Ceremony
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 25
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 35-W: 31
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: Did Not Serve
Incident & Biographic Details
Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“ Marmolejo, Star #10101, aged 36 years, was a 2 year, 7 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Calumet.
On December 17, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Officer Marmolejo and his partner, Police Officer Gary Conrad #12003, were working beat 505. They responded to a ShotSpotter alert of shots fired at 101st Street and Dauphin Avenue. While investigating the shots fired alert the officers encountered Edward R. Brown, aged 24 years, whom had fired the shots detected by ShotSpotter holding a gun. Brown began to flee Southbound on Dauphin Avenue and the officers gave chase. The foot pursuit continued up a train embankment located at 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue where the offender crossed the tracks heading towards Cottage Grove Avenue.
Still in pursuit the officers began to cross the tracks. While standing on the Southbound tracks, the officers observed a northbound train approaching and waited for it to pass before crossing the tracks. Preoccupied with the foot pursuit, the officers were unaware of an approaching Southbound Metra train, No. 119, which had left the Millennium Station at 5:58 pm. Unaware that the Southbound train was bearing down on them the officers most likely contributed the sound from it to the passing northbound train. Shortly after the northbound train passed they were struck from behind by the Southbound train. It is estimated that the train was traveling at 60-65 miles per hour at the time of the incident. Both officers died on the scene and were both transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, located at 2121 West Harrison Street, by CFD Ambulance #’s 5 and 60.
Brown was apprehended a short while later by other responding officers and placed into custody. Brown’s gun was also recovered near the scene where the officers were struck. On December 19, 2018, Brown was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm – Endangerment.
Officer Marmolejo was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois. His funeral mass was held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel located at 7740 South Western Avenue. He was laid to rest on December 22, 2018 in Bethania Cemetery, 7701 South Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.
Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo“ Marmolejo, born October 29, 1982, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on April 25, 2016 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Special Honorable Mention (posthumously), 1 Department Commendation, 4 Honorable Mentions and 1 Emblem of Recognition for Physical Fitness during his career.
Officer Marmolejo was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Maria (nee Perez); daughters: Madalyn, Rebeca and Sofia; parents: Manuel and Rebeca (nee Richarte); siblings: Angelica, Lorena, Luis and Rogelio.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB557558.
On August 13, 2019, Officer Marmolejo’s star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.