Bud Billiken Parade

City cop struck fear into South Side

City cop struck fear into South Side

The legend of "Two-Gun Pete," the coldblooded cop who shot at least nine men dead on the South Side, began with a gun battle eight decades ago.

   Just six months into his rookie year in April 1934, he caught 27-year-old Ben Harold red-handed during an armed robbery near 51st and State streets. What followed was a shootout that brought several bullets dangerously close to the young stockyard-worker-turned-policeman.

   When the smoke cleared, four of the cop's five shots had hit their mark, tearing through Harold's torso. He staggered several steps before falling dead in a doorway.

   After nearly emptying his six-shooter,...

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