Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # 401
Offender: Paroled in 1980 and 1984
Patrolman John Combs was shot and killed when he stopped to investigate three men in a vehicle parked on the side of the highway two miles east of Parma. Patrolman Combs was struck by a shotgun blast as he approached the vehicle. The suspects then shot and wounded a civilian riding with him before stealing his patrol car. Two suspects were arrested a short time later after they overturned the patrol car following a high speed pursuit. The third suspect was apprehended the next day.
All three suspects were charged with Patrolman Combs' murder. One died in jail while awaiting trial on February 17, 1970. The other two were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison April 6, 1970. One was paroled May 1, 1980, and the other suspect was paroled February 21, 1984.
Patrolman Combs had been with the agency for 2 years and was survived by his wife and two children.