Patrol Officer Erwin E. Tate

Patrol Officer Erwin E. Tate

Zanesville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 10, 1939

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Erwin E. Tate

Patrol Officer Erwin Tate was shot and killed at the southwest corner of the intersection of Second Street and Main Street while attempting to arrest a man wanted for assaulting his wife.

The suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with other officers.

Officer Tate had served with the Zanesville Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, five children, parents, and brother.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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My Grandfather, Erwin Edgar Tate, was a loving husband and father, and a 4th year police officer. On that fateful day of April 10, 1939, he and his police partner were sent to serve a warrant for arrest. When they arrived, Grandpa was shot by a gun in the hands of the suspect. An all-points bulletin was put out that officer Tate was down and offender was on the run. A number of officers responded to the APB. When they found him two blocks away hiding under a truck, he began to fire at the officers. They returned fire and killed him. My grieving Grandmother, Jessie L. Tate felt sad for the offender also. "He had a family too" she said. Eventually, Grandma moved to San Diego to be close to her children. She lived to be 102 years old.

Elizabeth A. Ball

June 3, 2018

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