Detective Robert R. Cline

Detective Robert R. Cline

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 5, 1938

Robert R. Cline

Detective Cline was shot and killed in a fierce shootout between four bank robbers. Three of the robbers were shot and killed and several other officers were critically wounded. The fourth robber was shot in the spine and paralyzed. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. On April 6, 1938, he died on death row of complications from his wounds two weeks before his scheduled execution.

Detective Cline had been with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 4 shot and killed

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80 years have passed and it stings even harder in Columbus to hear about the two Westerville officers. My Grandmother, Mother and Uncle never really got over that day in 1938, how could you.
I hope the Columbus community rallies around these two families like they did in 1938.
Rest In Peace.

Jay Ryan

February 11, 2018

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