Police Officer Elvas Matthews

Police Officer Elvas Matthews

Xenia Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, December 21, 1922

Elvas Matthews

Officer Elvas Matthews was shot and killed while walking his beat in downtown Xenia. A suspect approached him from behind and shot him without provocation.

The suspect was arrested a short time later after he boasted to friends that two notches on the butt of his pistol represented two dead police officers. It was determined that he had murdered Patrolman Emery McCreight, of the Wilmington Police Department, on February 15th, 1922.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman McCreight's murder and sentenced to life in prison on February 20th, 1923. He was paroled July 30th, 1945.

Officer Matthews had only served with the agency for three months. He is buried at Lawshe Cemetery, Adams County, Ohio.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1945

Most Recent Reflection

View all 4 Reflections

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Elvas Matthews of the Xenia Police Department, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

December 21, 2017

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.