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Patrolman Henry Clemens | Youngstown Police Department, Ohio Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Henry Clemens

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, December 4, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison fire

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Patrolman Clemens was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary on East Front Street. He encountered three men stealing tires from a business and was shot by one of the men. A citizen found Patrolman Clemens holding his flashlight and service weapon. He was transported to St. Elizabeth's hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

Two suspects were apprehended and the third suspect was captured in Butler, Pennsylvania four days later. One of them admitted to killing Patrolman Clemens.

Patrolman Clemens' killer and a second suspect, ages 18 and 19, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 2, 1928. On April 21, 1930, both were two of 322 inmates who died in a fire at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. This was the worst fire in Ohio's history and in American prison history.

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Officer Clemens we will never forget your sacrifice!!! Everyone worked to place your picture in our rollcall room to honor you!! RIP Sgt Zaida Miranda

Sgt Zaida Miranda
Youngstown Police Department
October 3, 2012

 

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