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Constable Edgar C. Mariner | Athens Police Department, Ohio Athens Police Department, Ohio


Edgar C. Mariner

Athens Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 8, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/6/1926

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Constable Mariner was killed while he was executing a warrant.

Constable Mariner was serving the warrant on the suspect because a woman reportedly bought alcohol there and became intoxicated. After some controversy over whether the suspect understood the nature of the warrant he made a pretense to get his glasses and picked up a gun from an oil stove and shot Mariner twice. Mariner told his son, who was accompanying him, to get help. The suspect chased the boy and fired at him, the bullet went through the boy’s shirt, but did not hurt him. Mariner then shot the suspect in the shoulder. During the jury trial the suspect was acquitted of all charges, because he claimed he did not know who Mariner was (no uniform was worn) even though the suspect understood that Mariner had a search warrant.

Constable Mariner was survived by a wife and four children.

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On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable Edgar C. Mariner of the Athens Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 8, 1926

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
September 8, 2017


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