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Special Deputy Sheriff Albert Russell | Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Special Deputy Sheriff

Albert Russell

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 14, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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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.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Patrolman Martin Gorman
Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Saturday, October 18, 1884
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Henry Samuel Scherloh
Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Thursday, October 30, 1884
Cause: Gunfire

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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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