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Patrolman James Ballard | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Patrolman

James Ballard

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, November 9, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 179

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One sentenced to death

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Patrolman James Ballard was shot and killed while responding to a burglary in progress at a tavern at the intersection of Oak Street and Parsons Avenue. The suspect escaped with an accomplice but both were apprehended 48 hours later. The shooter was sentenced to death and the accomplice was sentenced to life.

On July 15, 1915, the shooter's death sentence was commuted to life. On July 25, 1932, he was pardoned by Governor George White because he was in imminent danger of death. He died from heart disease five days later.

Patrolman Ballard was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish American War and had served with the Columbus Division of Police for one year.

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James Ballard of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 55 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
November 9, 2017

 

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