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Detective George V. Purcell | Dayton Police Department, Ohio Dayton Police Department, Ohio


George V. Purcell

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, September 23, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 40

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Detective George Purcell was shot and killed while attempting to arrest question a suspect for carrying a concealed weapon at 755 South Euclid Avenue.

He was shot three times by suspect who was later arrested after a massive manhunt.

Detective Purcell had served with the Dayton Police Department for 13 years.

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Officer Purcell's aunt was my great-great-great-grandmother. I was stunned yesterday to learn of this loss, even though it was nearly 100 years ago. His death certificate states "internal hemorrhage due to stab of chest and gunshot wound of abdomen - homicide."

Michael Benson
!st cousin 3 times removed
November 13, 2015


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