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Constable Franklin Stone | Oberlin Police Department, Ohio Oberlin Police Department, Ohio

Constable

Franklin Stone

Oberlin Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, June 4, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/12/1881

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Constable Frank Stone succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on May 12th, 1881, after a foot pursuit of a subject whom he was attempting to arrest at approximately 7:00 pm.

He had arrested a man the previous day in an attempt to serve an assault warrant. The man initially cooperating with Constable Stone and agreed to accompany him to the police station, but then hesitated as they passed a blacksmith shop where his father and brother were working.

The family members exited the shop and attacked Constable Stone, allowing the prisoner to escape. Constable Stone swore out warrants for the father and brother and then attempted to serve them the following day. As he attempted to arrest the brother, the man fled on foot with Constable Stone firing at him as he ran on foot. One of the rounds wounded the man, who ran to his home at 26 Mechanic Street (modern day Locust Street).

As Constable Stone reached the home the man's father stood in the doorway and shot him in the chest with a rifle, causing a serious wound. Constable Stone was taken to his home where he remained until passing away on June 4th, 1881.

The man who shot Constable Stone was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was pardoned in 1891 due to his old age and frail condition.

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Constable Stone, you stood firm against a family of filth. You are honored here for that stand you took and the valiant attempt to enforce the law. They are in Hell where they belong, you are in Heaven, where YOU belong and your descendants can look at their ancestor with pride.

God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever Peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department
October 12, 2017

 

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