September 9, 1968 at 9:00 a.m., Officers G.W. Murakami
and his partner responded to a call at 3236 W. 60th
Street, re: "Nude man prowling and knocking
Murakami, age 23, had just graduated from the
Police Academy the previous Friday. He was one
of the top ten recruits in a class of seventy-three.
This Monday was just his second day of active
3236 W. 60th Street was
a twenty-one apartment, two story complex. Officer
Murakami and his partner started across the open
lawn toward the entrance to the complex. The partner
spotted a man at the window of an apartment pointing
a shotgun at them. He yelled to Murakami, "Watch
it, he’s got a gun!" Before Murakami
could take any action, the 410-gauge shotgun was
fired, the charge striking him in the face. He
fell on the open lawn fifteen feet from the window.
His partner ran to the radio car and put out a
call for help and an ambulance for an officer
who had been shot.
Officers Pettinato and Harama
were among those responding to the call. They
started down the hall leading to the suspect’s
apartment. The suspect opened the door and fired
his shotgun at the officers. Confined in the narrow
hallway, both officers were hit, Pettinato in
the right arm and hand, Harama in the left shoulder
Meanwhile, Officer Murakami
was moaning and asking for help. The suspect fired
several shots forcing the officers to take cover.
An Accident Investigation Division officer, Officer
Woemper, and two motor officers, Officers Stevens
and Walgreen ran to Murakami and carried him to
cover behind a car parked at the curb.
At about the same time,
two officers were in 77th Street Station when
they heard the call that an officer had been shot.
Both were members of SWAT. One was a "Class
A" marksman. He had his 30.06 rifle in his
locker. They drove to the scene and found the
officers still pinned down. The officers had fired
a dozen or so shots, but were unable to hit the
The "Class A"
marksman watched, with rifle ready. The suspect
popped up and fired another shot and quickly ducked
down below the window. The marksman fired his
rifle aiming at the stucco wall beneath the window
where he figured the suspect would be. He figured
correctly; one shot was all it took. He hit the
suspect in the head. End of battle.
The fact that the suspect
was killed with a 30.06 rifle received no publicity
of any kind. Newspaper articles of the incident
made no mention of how the suspect was killed,
except to say that he was shot.
The suspect was Addison
Edward Cash, age twenty-five. Besides the 410-gauge
shotgun, he had a loaded .38 caliber revolver
in his apartment, but had not fired it. He probably
was suffering from a psychotic breakdown. A few
hours earlier, clad only in a white tee shirt,
he was banging on doors in the complex and asking
the occupants if they had seen his girlfriend.
He had been arrested in 1957 for three traffic
warrants and in April 1961, for carrying a concealed
weapon. On that charge, he was given a thirty-day
jail term, fined $50.00 and placed on two years’
probation. In 1964, he was arrested for drunk
driving and that case had not been disposed of.
Officer Murakami died on
the operating table one hour later.
Officer G.D. Woemper and
Motor Officer Date Stevens and Timothy Walgreen
of the Accident Investigation Division were awarded
the Medal of Valor.