Patrolman Virgil T. Bayne

Patrolman Virgil T. Bayne

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, December 18, 1937

Virgil T. Bayne

Patrolman Bayne and Patrolman Gerald Bode were shot and killed while questioning five suspicious men at a gas station. As Patrolman Bayne questioned one of the men outside of the vehicle the suspect produced a revolver and opened fire. At the same time, the four suspects inside of the car began shooting at Patrolman Bode. Both officers were able to return fire but did not strike the suspects. The officers were both shot and taken to St. Luke's Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

All five suspects were apprehended. One was sentenced to death and electrocuted. The rest were all convicted and eventually paroled.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 896

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender One executed

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Always honored, never forgotten, forever grateful for his service and sacrifice to our community and our nation.

Sgt. T Jake Jones
Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Society, Ohio

December 18, 2016

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