Lieutenant John Paul Gisclon

Lieutenant John Paul Gisclon

Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, January 14, 1995

John Paul Gisclon

Lieutenant John Gisclon was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious man walking along Route 250 at 0300 hours.

While working a nearby breaking and entering case, Lieutenant Gisclon had stopped the man, suspecting he was a second suspect in the break-in. Before approaching the man Lieutenant Gisclon called for backup; however, when the Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper arrived he did not see Lieutenant Gisclon and was ambushed by the suspect and shot twice. The trooper was able to return fire, and after a hand-to-hand fight the suspect was shot and killed. The trooper found Lieutenant Gisclon lying in the roadway unconscious. Lieutenant Gisclon was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It was later determined that Lieutenant Gisclon's death was not at all connected to the earlier burglary but that his killer did have a history of mental illness.

Lieutenant Gisclon had been with the agency for 22 years and had previously served in Vietnam with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 08
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Lt. Gisclon,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 14, 2014

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