Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 12/4/1927
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Died in prison fire
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 of the suspects were captured in Butler, Pennsylvania four days later. One of them admitted to killing Patrolman Clemens.
Patrolman Clemens' killer was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 2, 1928. On April 21, 1930, he was one of 322 inmates who died in a fire at the Ohio Penitentiary. This was the worst fire in Ohio's history and in American prison history.