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

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

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
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:
Lake
Incident Township:
North
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort

   Detective Sergeant Leo Fox was shot and killed when he and several other lawmen went into a building, looking for members of a gang that had robbed a roadhouse in Oak Glen, Illinois, which is now part of Lansing, Illinois, three days earlier. The officers went to the apartment building in Hammond 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 leader. In the shootout, the gang's leader was also killed and a Hammond detective sergeant, who later became chief, was wounded, as was an officer with the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department. The surviving five gang members, two of whom were seriously wounded, were arrested in the apartment. All five died in prison while serving life sentences.