Detective Sergeant
Leo Kenneth Fox
Hammond Police Department
Wednesday, October 9, 1929

Age: 33
Served: 6 years, 4 months
Badge #:
Panel 14E, Line 11
Panel L31, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, October 9, 1929
12:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
909 Calumet Avenue, Hammond
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort

   Detective Sergeant Leo Fox was shot and killed when he and several other officers went into an apartment building to make an arrest.

   A gang of men had robbed a roadhouse in Oak Glen, Illinois, which is now part of Lansing, Illinois, three days earlier. The officers went to the address after receiving information that the suspects were located there.

   As Detective Sergeant Fox and officers from Hammond and Cook County, Illinois, entered the suspects' apartment, gunfire erupted and Detective Sergeant Fox was shot and killed by the gang's 23-year-old leader.

   In the shootout, the gang's leader was also killed and a Hammond sergeant, who later became chief, was wounded as was an officer with the Cook County Highway Police.

   The surviving five gang members, two of whom were seriously wounded, were arrested and charged. Each of them died in prison while serving life sentences.

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