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Patrolman Elmer Sprosty | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio


Elmer Sprosty

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, April 21, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Elmer Sprosty was shot and killed while investigating gun shots he heard while on patrol on Scovill Street. When he went to investigate he encountered a group of men running from a building. One of the men in the group opened fire, striking Patrolman Sprosty. After Patrolman Sprosty fell to the ground, the man went up to him and shot him two more times. Another nearby patrolman witnessed the incident and returned fire, wounding the shooter.

All of the men were later apprehended; two were sentenced to life; the cases of the remaining two suspects were nulled.

Patrolman Sprosty was a United States Navy WWI veteran had been with the agency for only six months. He was survived by his wife and his father, who was a Captain with the agency. He is buried in West park Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

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