Patrolman William C. Horn

Patrolman William C. Horn

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 1927

William C. Horn

Patrolman William Horn was shot and killed after stopping a man carrying a concealed weapon at the intersection of Warren Street and Hollencamp Street (modern day Washington Street and South Patterson Boulevard). Patrolman Horn disarmed the suspect but a struggle ensued and the man regained control of the gun, fired five times, and killed Patrolman Horn.

The suspect was later shot and apprehended. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. He was awarded a new trial and subsequently acquitted on March 23rd, 1929.

Patrolman Horn had served with the Dayton Police Department for 12 years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 42

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Patrolman Horn. Your honesty and bravery will be so remembered.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 17, 2017

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