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Detective Edward Butler | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio


Edward Butler

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, November 3, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/2/1929

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Butler succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day when he and two other detectives responded to a report on Quincy Avenue from a woman who was scared her husband would kill her for leaving him. When they arrived at the location they observed the man leaning against a post. When they began to search him he produced a revolver and pushed the officers aside and tried to run into a shop. Detective Butler chased the man into the shop, exchanged shots and was struck. One of the other detectives shot and killed the suspect. Detective Butler was taken to a local hospital where he died the next day after surgery. The suspect was wanted at the time for murdering his previous wife and girlfriend.

Detective Butler had been in law enforcement for nine years and had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and 20-month-old daughter.

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Edward Butler Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
November 3, 2017


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