Captain John C. Post

Captain John C. Post

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, September 25, 1927

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John C. Post

Captain John Post and two other officers were attempting to apprehend a suspect who had already shot another man over an argument at a crap game.

Captain Post and two other officers were ascending the stairway in an apartment building that the suspect was hiding in at 231 Franklin Street. The man opened fire on them, wounding all three officers. Captain Post succumbed to his wounds later that week. The officers who were able to return fire shot the suspect.

The suspect was later tried and convicted of murder, but died of his wounds after the trial.

Captain Post had served with the Dayton Police Department for 24 years. The Dayton Police FOP lodge is named after Captain Post.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 38

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, September 23, 1927
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Does anyone know the name of the other 2 peace officers that were present at the scene whereby Captain Post was critically wounded?
My grandmother told us about this event over the years we were growing up. Not sure if there is a correlation to my grandfather by the name Charles C Bowen. He succumbed to pneumonia and died July 7 1940 and was buried in the Dayton VA cemetery.

Suzan Bowen Doan
Granddaughter of Charles Bowen peace officer

November 10, 2019

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