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Night Watchman John H. Gates | Medina City Police Department, Ohio Medina City Police Department, Ohio

Night Watchman

John H. Gates

Medina City Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 18, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 16 gauge

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Night Watchman John Gates was shot and killed by the city marshal who had a long standing grudge with him.

The marshal confronted Watchman Gates in front of a grocery store and an argument ensued. During the course of the argument the marshal shot Watchman Gates with a 16-gauge shotgun.

The marshal then attempted to commit suicide, but survived. He was charged with Watchman Gates' murder and convicted of manslaughter.

Watchman Gates had served with the Medina City Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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