Joseph D. Driscoll

Chicago Police Department
Tuesday, December 1, 1903

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, November 27, 1903
05:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
4 days
Incident Location:
Near Miller Station, Indiana
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Executed in 1904
• Executed in 1904
• Executed in 1904
• Paroled in 1970
Burial Place:
Calvary Cemetery
Evanston, Illinois

   Patrolman Joseph Driscoll died four days after being shot while investigating the shooting of Chicago Patrolman John Quinn, 37, on November 21 while he attempted to arrest a man at Greenberg’s Saloon on the North Side and died the following day.

   This man and two others, who were wanted for robberies and murders at railway offices and saloons in Chicago, were located hiding along railroad tracks near Miller Station. An intense gunbattle erupted as seven officers attempted to arrest the suspects.

   Patrolman Driscoll and another officer were wounded before the suspects escaped. Patrolman Driscoll died of his wounds four days later at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

   The suspects were located by a large posse and arrested a week later. Two of those suspects, and a fourth, were convicted of the robbery and murder of one of the railway employees and sentenced to death.

   On April 22, 1904, the 20-, 21- and 24-year-old offenders were executed by hanging at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. The 18-year-old third suspect was convicted of one of the saloon murders, sentenced to life in prison and paroled in 1970.

   Patrolman Driscoll, 33, had served with the Chicago Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the 41st Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two brothers.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – Panel 15W, Line 12
Illinois Police Officers Memorial – Panel 1, Line 34
Gold Star Families Memorial (Chicago) – Panel 4
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case – Panel B-1

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