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Officer Gothin H. Richards | Akron Police Department, Ohio Akron Police Department, Ohio

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Gothin H. Richards

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 12, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 43

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Four executed

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Officer Gothin Richards was the fourth 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.

He was shot five times in front of 323 South Main Street at 1:00 AM. The gang was responsible for the deaths of Officer Guy Norris, shot and killed on December 24, 1917, and Officers Edward J. Costigan and Joseph H. Hunt, both shot and killed January 10, 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.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer Guy Norris
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 1917
Cause: Gunfire

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

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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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 12, 2012

 

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