Detective John Apanites, Jr.

Detective John Apanites, Jr.

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 7, 1969

John Apanites, Jr.

Detective John Apanites was shot and killed as he and another officer questioned two shoplifting suspects at a local clothing store. As the officers waited for a patrol car to arrive a struggle ensued between the officers and the male suspect. The suspect and the officers exchanged gunshots and all three were wounded. The suspect fled to a city bus where he was arrested by a patrolman.

Detective Apanites died at the scene and his partner was seriously wounded.

The suspect was sentenced to death for Detective Apanites' murder. His sentence was later commuted to life. He has a parole hearing in February, 2016.

Detective Apanites was a US Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 18 months and had previously served with the FBI for six months. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and father.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I neglected to update everyone regarding the outcome of the parole hearing. Parole was denied but reconsideration has been postponed to 2020. Many heartfelt thanks from our family to you for remembering and supporting us.

Barbara Apanites
Daughter of John R. Apanites, EOW: 4/07/1969

January 25, 2017

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