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Patrolman Forney L. Haas | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Forney L. Haas

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, December 8, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Executed in 1953

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Patrolman Forney Haas was shot and killed by a well known criminal during a traffic stop.

Patrolman Haas stopped a man driving a Lincoln with California plates driving the wrong way down a one way street in Cleveland. He had no idea that the driver was a well known criminal wanted for housebreaking, robbery, and car theft. Patrolman Haas asked to see his license and the criminal, playing for time, claimed to have left it at home. Patrolman Haas insisted on seeing it, so they drove to his rooming house.

The landlady was sweeping the hallway when she heard men's voices shouting in one of her rooms. She heard one man say "I'm telling you my license was in my wallet when I left. It's been stolen from here." After a few more angry exchanges, the woman heard a shot, followed by two more. The door opened and a man holding a smoking revolver ran past her and out into the street. Patrolman Haas was rushed to hospital but died half an hour later without regaining consciousness.

The suspect had grabbed Patrolman Hass' revolver and he flushed it down a toilet so as not to be caught with it. The officer's weapon was found, however ,and due to some chemical reaction, the suspect's print had become engraved in the weapon. This led to his conviction and subsequent execution in the electric chair on January 18th, 1953.

Patrolman Haas was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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I was just 9 years old when this happened and I still remember it. Ross ran southeast and was captured near my grandparents' home.

Unlike today's system, Ross met his fate quickly so it provided a clear lesson of the consequences for his actions.

I read his daughter's reflection and could not help thinking that, no matter how swift the punishment for Ross, it could never replace what she and her brother lost. It made me think of all that had been lost by so many families of police officers. What made me angrier was the attitude of a large part of today's society that disrespects and even targets police. Blue lives DO matter, dammit.

Craig Kirkwood, Cheyenne, Wy.
May 6, 2017

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