Patrolman Herman B. Pahler

Patrolman Herman B. Pahler

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 1933

Herman B. Pahler

Patrolman Pahler was shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree with a .22 caliber rifle. The man was in a bank when he got into an argument with bank employees over banking matters and went berserk. He went and got a rifle, shot the bank guard, then went out on the street shooting citizens and Patrolman Pahler who was directing traffic in front of St. Mary's Catholic School. Another officer shot and killed the suspect. Patrolman Pahler succumbed to his wound two days later. Two citizens were killed and eight were wounded.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 6, 1933
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Herman B. Pahler of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 8, 2018

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