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Patrolman Martin Gorman | Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio


Martin Gorman

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, October 18, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 159

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/14/1884

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Martin Gorman, Patrolman Henry Scherloh, and Special Deputy Albert Russell, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, sustained fatal gunshot wounds during the Election Riot of 1884.

Over 1,300 men had been deputized by a United States Marshal in an effort to prevent voting fraud during a contentious election. Many of the deputized men were criminals who began feuding with the Cincinnati police officers and Hamilton County deputies who were also assigned to protect the polling stations.

As election day progressed the tension between the two groups escalated and resulted in over 100 shots fired, 24 casualties (incluing Deputy Russell), five dying (including Patrolman Gorman), two seriously wounded (including Patrolman Scherloh), and 15 wounded.

Patrolman Gorman died on October 18th from an infection in the bullet wound. Patrolman Scherloh's wound was thought to be non-fatal, but it was discovered that the bullet moved upward into his body and into the liver; he died 12 days after the riot on October 30th.

Patrolman Gorman had served with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and daughter and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Special Deputy Sheriff Albert Russell
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 14, 1884
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Henry Samuel Scherloh
Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Thursday, October 30, 1884
Cause: Gunfire

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Martin Gorman Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Saturday, October 18, 1884

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
October 18, 2017


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