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Patrolman George A. Conn | Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Patrolman

George A. Conn

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, September 27, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 67/167

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/27/1937

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman George Conn was shot and killed near Freeport when he stopped to investigate four men and a woman in a parked car beside the highway. A massive search was started when Patrolman Conn failed to answer his radio calls. A few hours later a Harrison County farmer found his patrol car. The next day Patrolman Conn's body was found in a ditch four miles from where his patrol car was located. He had been shot four times.

Four men were arrested in January, 1938, and charged with Patrolman Conn's murder. One of the suspects was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison on November 10, 1938. Another suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced from 1 to 20 years on January 19, 1939. The other two suspects were acquitted.

Patrolman Conn was the first member of the Ohio State Patrol to be shot to death. He was survived by his parents and two brothers.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 7, 2013

 

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