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Officer Edward J. Costigan | Akron Police Department, Ohio Akron Police Department, Ohio


Edward J. Costigan

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, January 10, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 17

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Four executed

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Officer Edward Costigan and Officer Joseph Hunt were the second and third of four Akron Policemen to be shot and killed by members of an Italian gang in retaliation for the Akron Police Department's crackdown on their gambling dens and brothels. They were both shot several times in the back as they walked their beat in front of the Union Fireproof Warehouse Company at 27 North High Street. Officer Costigan died at the scene and Officer Hunt succumbed to his wounds two days later. The gang was responsible for the deaths of Officer Guy Norris, shot and killed December 24, 1917, and Officer Gothin H. Richards, shot and killed March 12, 1918.

The Akron Police Department was baffled by the murders, not realizing the gangs involvement until an anonymous phone caller implicated one of the gang members who was arrested in New York. The suspect implicated five other gang members who were arrested and charged with murder.

Four of the suspects were executed in Ohio's electric chair, one on October 14, 1918, two on February 21, 1919, and one July 24, 1919. The other two suspects were sentenced to life in prison. One was released in 1934 and deported to Italy. The other suspect was denied parole in 1964.

Officer Costigan had served with the agency for just under 4 years.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer Guy Norris
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 1917
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Joseph H. Hunt
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Gothin H. Richards
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 12, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Costigan,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Akron.


United States Bordef Patrol
January 10, 2014


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