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Patrolman Michael J. Hahnel | Shaker Heights Police Department, Ohio Shaker Heights Police Department, Ohio


Michael J. Hahnel

Shaker Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, October 20, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 7

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/17/1924

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One executed; One sentenced to life

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Patrolman Michael Hahnel was shot and killed while transporting two men to jail.

He and another officer had stopped a car for speeding, at Moreland Boulevard and Lee Road, and placed the two men under arrest. Unbeknownst to the officers, the two men were driving a stolen car and had just robbed a gas station. Patrolman Hahnel was riding in the backseat of their car, which was being driven to the police station, when one of the occupants suddenly turned and shot him. The two then threw his body into a field on Ashwood Road, near East 140th Street, and fled.

Patrolman Hahnel succumbed to his wounds four days later.

One of the suspects was executed for Patrolman Hahnel's murder on April 24th, 1925. The other suspect was sentenced to life.

Patrolman Hahnel had served with the Shaker Heights Police Department for one year. He is buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. He was survived by his father and seven siblings.

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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 Michael J. Hahnel Shaker Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Monday, October 20, 1924

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
October 20, 2017


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