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Lieutenant Allen E. Fraley | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Lieutenant

Allen E. Fraley

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, November 6, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Lieutenant Allen Fraley was shot and killed while confronting a rape suspect.

When Lieutenant Fraley and his partner arrived at the apartment of the suspect, a woman opened the door and the officers identified themselves, asking if the suspect was there. The woman opened the door wide, stepped out of the way and the suspect shot Lieutenant Fraley in the abdomen. Lieutenant Fraley's partner, Officer Bankert, broke into the room but the suspect escaped by leaping out of the window.

Lieutenant Fraley was taken to University Hospital as a massive manhunt was organized; despite the efforts of the hospital staff and the many persons who responded to a call for blood donations, Lieutenant Fraley died at 11:50 p.m.

The suspect was captured in front of 82 Price Avenue.

The suspect plead an insanity defense, but was convicted and sentenced to death. After a round of appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court set an execution date of June 6, 1967. On or about June 2, 1967, the suspects execution was stayed for another appeal. At some point, the suspect's sentence was commuted to life in prison. The suspect continued to seek a new trial and parole for many years until he died in prison.

Lieutenant Fraley had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 14 years and had previously served with the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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yes my uncle al was a great cop and a great uncle as he was my mothers twin brother, i was 19 when he was shot and killed and i lived in chillicothe ohio as al used to live there at one time along with the rest of the fraley girls as he was the only boy and had four sisters, them like him are all passed on but like his memory we remember them also. he was a great uncle and we fished together at times when i was young and road thru columbus with him at times and he was sure fast. they say i look just like him but then i am almost 70 now . so no way to tell anymore. i miss him as he was my role model. i wanted to be a cop and took the test for highway patrol at hartman farms in 1966 and passed that but being married at that time my wife would not move around the state. sure hate that i just not have went and did it anyway. i apprecailte all those who serve weather in the military ar the police as i am a veteran of the army. thank you all for your service

michael h.reed
nephew
June 17, 2014

 

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