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Published on June 21, 2024
Retired Chicago Police Bomb Tech Larry Neuman Fatally Shot Outside West Garfield Park HomeSource: X/Chicago Police Bomb Squad

The Chicago community has been hit with a profound loss as Larry Neuman, a retired Chicago Police officer and revered bomb squad technician, was fatally shot outside his West Garfield Park home on Thursday, according to ABC7 Chicago. Neuman, who had set a precedent as one of the first African American bomb techs within the Chicago Police Department, had served the city’s force for 28 years before retiring in 2010.

The shooting occurred around 11:30 a.m. in the 4300 block of West Monroe Street, as reported in a neighboring coverage by CBS Chicago. Neuman was reportedly attending to his yard when the incident transpired. Neighbors and friends have expressed their devastation and disbelief over the sudden violence that claimed the life of a community pillar – a man known for his faith and diligence.

Following the emergency response, Neuman was transported to Stroger Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead. Reports obtained by ABC7 Chicago indicate that the shooting may have been the result of a robbery attempt. Eugene Roy, Neuman's former boss, remarked upon the tragic irony of his demise, given that Neuman spent his career diffusing threats and preserving safety. "He's a hero. Be proud of him. He served his country, his family, and his community for over 50 years," Roy told CBS Chicago.

The beloved former officer's death prompted the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to announce a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible. Neuman's career not only spanned decades with the Chicago Police Department where he was an esteemed bomb technician but also included his role as a Transportation Security Specialist-Exploys with the TSA, as mentioned in a statement from the TSA shared by ABC7 Chicago.

As the investigation continues, anonymous tips can be submitted through or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-STOP. Neighbors and colleagues join Neuman's family in mourning, as Chicago grapples with the loss of a man characterized by his history of service and his role as a steadfast community mentor.