Patrolman
Thomas M. Mitchell
East Chicago Police Department
Sunday, September 23, 1923

Age: 37
Served: 3 months
Badge #:
Panel 4W, Line 17
Panel L19, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, September 22, 1923
12:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
4730 McCook Avenue, East Chicago
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
North
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Cave Hill Cemetery,
Louisville, Kentucky
(unmarked grave)

   Patrolman Thomas Mitchell and Patrolman Robert Kucken responded to a disturbance at Columbia Hall when two patrons drew revolvers and gunfire erupted.

   One suspect was fleeing through the back door when both officers entered through the front door and commanded him to halt. He dropped behind a table and opened fire.

   Patrolman Kucken was killed instantly and Patrolman Mitchell died from his wounds the following day.

   The 50-year-old suspect who killed both officers was shot and killed.  Another suspect, who killed the business patron, was arrested for that murder.

   Patrolman Mitchell was single and survived by his sister.

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United States Army
World War I




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