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Officer Joseph H. Hunt | Akron Police Department, Ohio Akron Police Department, Ohio


Joseph H. Hunt

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 73

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/10/1918

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Four executed

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Officer Hunt and Officer Edward Costigan were the second and third of four Akron Policemen to be shot and killed by members of an Italian gang in retaliation for the Akron Police Department's crackdown on their gambling dens and brothels. They were both shot several times in the back as they walked their beat in front of the Union Fireproof Warehouse Company at 27 North High Street. Officer Costigan died at the scene and Officer Hunt succumbed to his wounds two days later. The gang was responsible for the deaths of Officer Guy Norris, shot and killed December 24, 1917, and Officer Gothin H. Richards, shot and killed March 12, 1918.

The Akron Police Department was baffled by the murders, not realizing the gangs involvement until an anonymous phone caller implicated one of the gang members who was arrested in New York. The suspect implicated five other gang members who were arrested and charged with murder.

Four of the suspects were executed in Ohio's electric chair, one on October 4, 1918, two on February 19, 1919, and one July 24, 1919. The other two suspects were sentenced to life in prison. One was released in 1934 and deported to Italy. The other suspect was denied parole in 1964.

Officer Hunt had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by a son, who later became an Akron police officer.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer Guy Norris
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 1917
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Edward J. Costigan
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Thursday, January 10, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Gothin H. Richards
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 12, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Hunt was my grandfather that I never got to meet. My father,Leonard Hunt was only 9 years old when his father was killed. I just happened upon this page while looking for information about my grandfather and am touched to know that people that never knew him have written to show their respect for his sacrifice .
On this Memorial Day weekend I am remembering all those men and women that have sacrificed so much to keep us safe.
With greatest respect,
Ann Hunt Schulte

Ann Hunt Schulte
May 24, 2014


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