Officer Joseph Ferguson

December 27, 1968

Written by 100Clubillinois

Officer Joseph F. Ferguson was shot and killed while questioning three suspicious men.

Officer Ferguson and his partner stopped three men because they saw a bulge under one of the men’s coat. One of the men convinced them that he was not with the remaining two suspects and was allowed to leave. A gun was found during a search of the others and they were placed under arrest.

During the arrest, the first man returned to the scene with a handgun he obtained at a nearby barbershop. The patrolmen were ordered to drop their weapons and to enter their patrol car with the offenders. Officer Ferguson’s partner drew his backup weapon and a gun battle ensued. Officer Ferguson was struck four times; he succumbed to his wounds. His partner suffered minor shrapnel wounds.

He was survived by his wife and two kids.

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