East St. Louis Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, April 3, 1924
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, April 3, 1924
Weapon Used: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Patrolman Bodendieck was shot and killed while questioning a burglary suspect. He and several other officers had been searching for the suspect when they stopped by a local candy store to use the phone to report in.
As the other officers made the call Patrolman Bodendieck recognized the suspect sitting at a booth in the store. The patrolman asked the man's name and the man identified himself. When Patrolman Bodendieck ordered the man to stand up the man produced a revolver and opened fire, killing the patrolman.
The suspect attempted to flee but was apprehended by the other officers in the store.
from the ODMP.