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Patrolman Kenneth R. Houser | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Kenneth R. Houser

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 2, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Houser was shot and killed while off duty when three robbery suspects discovered his badge and gun. Patrolman Houser was in a local bar when three armed men entered and announced a robbery. While taking the belongings from the occupants they discovered that Patrolman Houser was a police officer and immediately shot him. The suspects also shot and killed the bar owner.

In July of 1970 two suspects were arrested after officers stopped them for a traffic violation and found Patrolman Houser's service revolver in their car. The third suspect was arrested a few days later. Two suspects were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in February of 1971. One died in prison March 12, 1987.

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