On April 30, 1913, Officer Andrew Lynch
was attempting to arrest John Tatman and
Samuel Sherman without backup at Ninth
Street and Benton Boulevard when they
resisted, grabbed Lynch's gun and fatally
wounded him with it. Officer Lynch had taken one
of the men's guns a few minutes before
when he searched them, and tried to use
it to defend himself, but was already
too badly injured. When the two men were
captured, they confessed to holding up
three drug stores in the last three weeks,
and to shooting a man right before meeting
up with Officer Lynch. They were preparing to
rob a drug store when Officer Lynch stopped them.
Officer Lynch died of his wounds May 4, 1913 at German Hospital.
Officer Lynch was appointed to the
police department in October 1907. His parents, Andrew and Sarah Lynch were Irish immigrants.
Interred: Fon du Lac Township Cemetery, East Peoria, Illinois.
Article by Brent Marchant