May 21, 1988
Officer John W. Mathews was attacked and killed by five assailants.
Officer Mathews was returning home and was attacked and killed by five assailants while investigating a drinking and drag racing party. He was off duty when he noticed several squad cars down the street. He went to assist the officers and cleared the scene. Later in the night he returned to the scene to check on it when five men came out of the woods and attacked him with several blunt objects.
The killers were arrested and convicted; all have since been released from prison.
Officer Mathews served the Chicago Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, three sisters and a brother.