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Sergeant Henry Froelich | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant

Henry Froelich

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, September 25, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sergeant Henry Froelich was shot by a suspect carrying a concealed weapon.

Sergeant Froelich along with two Third Precinct patrolmen were on a crusade against gun-toters. The officers noticed four men in a store doorway on Orange and East 37th Street and after questioning them, Sergeant Froelich decided they had nothing to do with an earlier stabbing in the area.

Because of recent police orders regarding carrying concealed weapons, the police began to frisk the four men. Sergeant Froelich noticed one of the men had eased away from the doorway. He asked "Where are you going?" and then tried to grab the man who ran down a dark alleyway, turned and shot Sergeant Froelich point blank with a revolver. The wounded officer fired again at the escaping man. Sergeant Froelich was sent to St. Alexis Hospital.

The shooter was later captured convicted of manslaughter on November 17, 1916, and sentenced to 1-20 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.

Sergeant Froelich was survived by his wife and children.

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Rest in peace Sergeant Froelich. Your bravery is appreciated.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
September 25, 2015

 

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