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Patrolman William O'Malley was shot and killed after responding to an armed robbery at the First National Bank of East Chicago.
The robbery was being committed by members of The Dillinger Gang. As the offenders were leaving the bank, shots were exchanged by the suspects before they fled the scene with $20,376. Despite being mortally wounded by machine-gun fire, allegedly by John Dillinger, Patrolman O'Malley returned fire multiple times. John Dillinger was uninjured as he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest.
John Dillinger and John Hamilton were indicted for first-degree murder in perpetration of a robbery on January 26, 1934, which later led to the infamous escape from the Lake County Jail on March 3. Dillinger was killed by FBI agents on July 22 in Chicago. Although never convicted, this was the only murder charge ever filed against Dillinger.
Patrolman O'Malley was survived by his wife and three daughters.