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John A. "Big Jack" Conrad
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Birth: 1881
Death: May 21, 1918
District Of Columbia, USA

Officer John A. Conrad was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.

Date of Death: May 21, 1918
Rank: Officer
Age: 37
Years of Service: 13
Marital Status: Single
Location of Death: 76 I Street, NE

Circumstance: Officer Conrad of the Fifth Precinct was assisting Charles County Deputy Sheriff McParlan serve a Witness Summons on Herman Copeland of 76 I Street, NE. Unbeknownst to the officers, Copeland was wanted for murder in South Carolina. Upon entering the house, Copeland shot Officer Conrad in the right chest, the bullet piercing his lung and the Sheriff in the neck, both died of their wounds Copeland fled to 1400 Carrolsburg Place, SW to hide at his brother's house. Lieutenant Dunigan tracked the suspect to this location and found Copeland hiding under a bed. Copeland then shot Lieutenant Dunigan in the groin, causing death. After shooting Lieutenant Dunigan, Copeland attempted to escape out the back door shooting was he made his attempt and was fired upon by Officer Waller of the Fourth Precinct. Copeland retreated back inside the house and was discovered hiding under a bed, with four gunshot wounds. Copeland was admitted to Casualty Hospital. Copeland later escaped from the DC Jail where he was confined awaiting trial.

Officer Conrad's funeral was held at the J. William Lee funeral home on May 22, 1918. He was cremated.

Herman Copeland was recaptured in Akron, Ohio where he was employed at a rubber factory. Copeland was hanged at the DC Jail on January 22, 1925. He had admitted 12 murders, including a Chicago police officer and was the last person executed by hanging in the District of Columbia. At the request of his sisters, Mr. Copelands body was turned over to the John T. Rhines and Company funeral home, located at 301 M Street SW. His burial site is unknown.

Many thanks to Phillip Fazzini for his assistance with this memorial. 
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: John Rentz
Record added: Mar 29, 2006
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John A. Big Jack Conrad
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 Added: Dec. 16, 2006

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