Case of the Day

Case Description

Miller, John. T. - 28 yrs. (x-con) Shot dead in rear of 1256 No Western Ave., by Officer George H. Carleton of 24th Pct. who was commended by the Coroner. 34th Pct. [Error. See "Smith"]

Case Number



Date of offense September 3, 1914
Date of death September 3, 1914
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 1256 N. Western Ave.
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location description rear of 1256 N. Western
Type of death Manslaughter
Type of manslaughter Unintentional killing with gun
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Victim killed resisting arrest
Total number of victims 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Miller, John
Age 28 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Known to Chicago police as An ex-convict
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Carleton, George
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupational skill Law Enforcement, Police
Killing while protecting person Protecting self
Defendant/victim relationship Stranger


Defendant employed in law enforcement Police officer on duty
Precinct 21
Date defendant arrested September 10, 1923
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Allegations of police corruption No


Outcome of coroner's judgement Exonerated, Commended
Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of police corruption No