Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Patrol Wagon Driver Joseph Sturm | Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

Patrol Wagon Driver

Joseph Sturm

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, March 29, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Patrolman Joseph Sturm was accidentally shot and killed during a riot which started when a mob of angry citizens stormed the city jail in an attempt to hang a convict.

The citizens were upset because the man was sentenced to 20 years for his crime instead of being sentenced to death. Approximately 10,000 citizens surrounded the courthouse and poured an accelerant down the stairs leading to an entry door where members of the Ohio National Guard were stationed after being activated the previous night. The Guardsmen opened fire on the rioters in order to push them back from the jail.

Patrolman Sturm had taken a wagon into the crowd in order to aid a wounded rioter when he was struck multiple times by a second volley by the Guardsmen.

Patrolman Sturm was survived by his wife and three children.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 7 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Sir, thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office - Honor Guard
March 29, 2012


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths