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Patrolman Robert Wehagen | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Robert Wehagen

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, July 8, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Robert Wehagen was stabbed by an escaped mental patient as he entered an apartment.

Patrolman Wehagen and other officers responded to the butcher shop where the escaped mental patient lived. He threatened his wife, daughter, and godson, which was overheard by the upstairs neighbor, who called police. The man then shooed everyone out and locked himself in the apartment. The officers obtained the key from his wife and as he was opening the door, Patrolman Wehagen was stabbed in the abdomen. As he fell to the floor he was able to spray the man in the face with tear gas. The suspect was subsequently shot by other officers and died at the hospital.

Patrolman Wehagen was taken to Lutheran Hospital for surgery. The knife had severed his intestines in five places, and he died while in surgery.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
July 15, 2015

 

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