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New Hero Search William R. Mooney - Jan. 02, 1908 (8806)

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Resided: IL, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jan. 02, 1908
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 45 yrs. of age
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Dept: Chicago Police Dept. - IL
3510 South Michigan Avenue   
Chicago, IL   60653   USA
(312)744-4000
County: Cook
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Detective
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 2590
On The Job: 16 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: IL   USA   Thu. Jan. 02, 1908
Summary: Detective William R. Mooney was shot and fatally wounded as he stopped 3 suspects for questioning. At 7:30 p.m., Detective Mooney and two other detectives were taking a burglary report that occurred earlier in the afternoon. They were near the intersection of Sangamon and Van Buren. Mooney noticed three suspicious men and asked the victim to look them over as they approached. As they neared, Mooney directed the tallest of the trio, "Come here a moment. I want to see you". Mooney grabbed the suspect by the sleeve and his two companions ran north on Sangamon Street. Still holding the suspect, the detective fired several shots in the air to attract attention of the other two detectives who were then at the patrol box. The detectives turned on hearing the first shot, drew their weapons and fired at the fleeing men. One detective started in pursuit, leaving the second detective in charge of the prisoner at the box. At that same instant, another shot was fired. The detective turned in time to witness Mooney fall to the sidewalk and the tall suspect, revolver in hand, run north on Sangamon Street. Dragging his prisoner with him, the detective began to pursue the gunman, firing as he ran. Meanwhile, the gunman's companions drew their revolvers and engaged the pursuing detective in a gun battle as they continued to run north on Sangamon Street. The gunmen emptied their revolvers and took turns reloading and firing. When they reached Monroe Street, the men turned west and the pursuing detective soon lost sight of them. Hundreds attracted by the shooting gathered around the wounded detective and he was carried to Grace Hospital by several men in the crowd. Detective Mooney was still conscious and able to provide a description of his assailant. Innocent bystanders were also hit by gunfire and were carried to the hospital, placed on cots next to Detective Mooney. Nine years earlier, Detective Mooney was paralyzed for one year after being struck on the head by a thief at Peoria and Monroe Streets. Detective Mooney succumbed to his wounds at 1:48 a.m. the following morning. He is survived by his wife and two sons. He was preceded in death by another son one year earlier. Detective Mooney is a 16 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

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