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Police Officer Michael Blankenship | Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Michael Blankenship

Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, February 10, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 303

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/10/1997

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Officer Michael Blankenship was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a suspicious person call at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The killer was found dead after committing suicide.

Officer Blankenship is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Dear Michael,

I never knew nor met you but you wore OSUPD Badge #303
just as I once did. Brenda Anderson Gaynor wore it before me. You are now both gone and our badge is retired. It will be my turn before much longer and then we'll meet. I look forward to that day when the 3 of us will compare notes, share some laughs and talk about the good old days.

Orval Simon-Bower, Ph.D.
OSU Police: 1979 - 1983
April 8, 2014

 

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