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Officer Guy Norris | Akron Police Department, Ohio Akron Police Department, Ohio

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Guy Norris

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 51

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/23/1917

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Four executed

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Officer Guy Norris was the first of four Akron Policemen to be shot and killed by members of an Italian gang in retaliation for the Akron Police Department's crackdown on their gambling dens and brothels.

His body was found on South High Street, between Thornton and Voris Streets. He had been shot in the back several times. The gang was responsible for the deaths of Officers Edward J. Costigan and Joseph H. Hunt, both shot and killed January 10, 1918, and Officer Gothin H. Richards, shot and killed March 12, 1918.

The Akron Police Department was baffled by the murders, not realizing the gangs involvement until an anonymous phone caller implicated one of the gang members who was arrested in New York. The suspect implicated five other gang members who were arrested and charged with murder.

Four of the suspects were executed in Ohio's electric chair, one on October 4, 1918, two on February 19, 1919, and one July 24, 1919. The other two suspects were sentenced to life in prison. One was released in 1934 and deported to Italy. The other suspect was denied parole in 1964.

Officer Norris had served with the Akron Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and parents.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer Edward J. Costigan
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Thursday, January 10, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Joseph H. Hunt
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Gothin H. Richards
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 12, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Ohio appeared to have rendered justice in this case, especially in the denial of parole in 1964 for the last incarcerated person responsible for your murder.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 25, 2011

 

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