Special Deputy Sheriff Albert Russell

Special Deputy Sheriff Albert Russell

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1884

Albert Russell

Special Deputy Albert Russell, Patrolman Martin Gorman, Patrolman Henry Scherloh, both of the Cincinnati Police Division, sustained fatal gunshot wounds during the Election Riot of 1884.

Over 1,300 men had been deputized by a United States Marshal in an effort to prevent voting fraud during a contentious election. Many of the deputized men were criminals who began feuding with the Cincinnati police officers and Hamilton County deputies who were also assigned to protect the polling stations.

As election day progressed the tension between the two groups escalated and resulted in over 100 shots fired, 24 casualties (incluing Deputy Russell), five dying (including Patrolman Gorman), two seriously wounded (including Patrolman Scherloh), and 15 wounded.

Patrolman Gorman died on October 18th from an infection in the bullet wound. Patrolman Scherloh's wound was thought to be non-fatal, but it was discovered that the bullet moved upward into his body and into the liver; he died 12 days after the riot on October 30th.

The subject who shot Special Deputy Russell was later acquitted.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Special Deputy Sheriff Albert Russell Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 14, 1884

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 18, 2017

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