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Dillinger Gunned Down in Chicago

July 22. John Herbert Dillinger died last night after a 10:30 PM shoot out in front of a Chicago movie theatre. Dillinger had been at the top of the Bureau of Investigation's "Ten Most Wanted" list for a month. Agents were told that Dillinger would be at the Biograph Theater Saturday night and were waiting outside to arrest him. When Dillinger grabbed a pistol from his trouser pocket and attempted to flee, the three agents opened fire. Dillinger was pronounced dead at 10:50 PM at Alexian Brothers Hospital.

Bureau Director J. Edgar Hoover named Dillinger "Public Enemy Number 1" because of his recent spree of violent robberies. Dillinger and his gang have killed or wounded at least 17 civilians and police officials. Gang member "Baby Face" Nelson is still at large.


Source: FBI Famous Cases, FBI Web Site.