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Captain Joseph Ruby | Campbell Police Department, Ohio Campbell Police Department, Ohio


Joseph Ruby

Campbell Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, November 11, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1924

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Captain Joseph Ruby was shot by a suspect he was trying to take to the police station as a witness in a minor incident.

After a disturbance, Captain Ruby and another officer had apprehended one man and when Ruby tried to take the suspect in, he asked to change his clothes and was denied. The suspect then took a step back and while exclaiming that he wouldn't go, drew the .38 and shot and killed Captain Ruby.

The suspect fled and was shot and wounded by other officers and then was beaten by several men before he could be brought in. He was eventually convicted of murdering Captain Ruby and was executed on April 15th, 1924.

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Captain Joseph Ruby of the Campbell Police Department, Ohio and the additional 47 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
November 11, 2017


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