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Town Marshal Horace Greely Porter | McConnelsville Police Department, Ohio McConnelsville Police Department, Ohio

Town Marshal

Horace Greely Porter

McConnelsville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, September 7, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Committed

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Town Marshal Horace Porter was shot and killed on Main Street by a man who walked up from behind and shot him in the back four times.

The suspect, known to be peculiar and mentally unbalanced, was also thought to be harmless. When arrested he refused to make a statement. On November 29, 1905, he was found not guilty of Marshal Porter's murder by reason of insanity, and committed at the state mental hospital.

Marshal Porter had served as the town marshal for 8 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, and five siblings.

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Town Marshal Horace Greely Porter of the McConnelsville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Thursday, September 7, 1905

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
September 7, 2017


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