Patrolman John M. Fugate

Patrolman John M. Fugate

Greenfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, May 28, 1964

John M. Fugate

Patrolman Fugate succumbed to a gunshot wound received 31 years earlier while investigating a grocery store burglary. The suspect, who was hiding behind the counter, suddenly jumped up and opened fire, striking Patrolman Fugate and his partner, Patrolman Thomas Caniff. Patrolman Caniff succumbed to his wound two weeks after the incident. The coroner determined that Patrolman Fugate's death was a direct result of the gunshot wound received in 1933.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Caniff's murder and sentenced to death. The suspect committed suicide in jail prior to his execution date.

Patrolman Fugate had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 1, 1933
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Patrolman Fugate,
On today, the 52nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Greenfield. And to your Family and loved ones,
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 28, 2016

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