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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

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: 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. He was paroled in May of 1963. 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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman George A. Conn Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.


End of Watch: Monday, September 27, 1937

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
September 27, 2017

 

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