Case Number: 9096

Savala, or Sabala, Claudius - Age 25 - Mex. - Died from gunshot wounds received 9:00 PM, 9/30/27 in an alleged disorderly house at 9170 Houston Ave., at the hands of Patrolmen Jeremiah E. O'Connell and Vincent Lewandowski when he fired at the latter officer while resisting arrest. On 10/11/27 the officers were exonerated by the Coroner. 7 Dist.


Date of Offense September 30, 1927
Date of Death October 6, 1927
Time Between Offense and Death Within 1 week but more than 1 day
Address 9170 Houston ave.
Type of Location Residence
Location Description alleged disorderly house
Type of Death Manslaughter
Description Victim killed resisting arrest
Total Number of Victims 1
Location alleged disorderly house
Type of Manslaughter Unintentional killing with gun
Type of Residence Hotel, rooming house, boarding house room


Name Savala or Sabala, Claudius
Age 25 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Latino, Hispanic


Name O'Connell, Jeremiah E.
Gender Male
Ethnicity Irish
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Law Enforcement, Police


Precinct 12
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 23-Oct-27


Date of Coroner's Decision October 11, 1927
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Exonerated, Commended
Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of Police Corruption No