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Patrolman Joseph Andrew Edwards | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Patrolman

Joseph Andrew Edwards

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, August 28, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 552

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Released in 1978

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Patrolman Joseph Edwards was shot and killed when he was ambushed while responding to a call for help.

Patrolman Edwards and his partner Charles McFadden were responding to a domestic violence call. When they arrived at the given address, on Franklin Park south east of Nelson Road, they realized it was a fake call. As the the patrolmen were driving through the area, the suspect walked around the patrol car to the driver's side and shot Patrolman Edwards with a 12 gauge shotgun, causing Patrolman Edwards to lose control of the vehicle.

The suspect was apprehended in Beaumont, Texas, January 9, 1973. He was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On August 9, 1978, he was released from prison when evidence surfaced that showed the investigation was mishandled. The State of Ohio decided not to retry him.

Patrolman Edwards had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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I thought of Andy last night during the Dallas shootings. I will never forget Andy. We were not only fellow officers, Andy and I went to Linden McKinley High school together. RIP, Andy

Sgt Tommy Cooper (Retired)
Former PO on the CPD
July 8, 2016

 

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