Patrolman Edward O'Briest

Patrolman Edward O'Briest

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1931

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Edward O'Briest

Patrolman Edward O'Briest was shot and killed by an unknown suspect while working an undercover assignment.

Patrolman O'briest was working as a decoy for the vice squad on May 16, 1931. The squad was focusing on the 300 block of Illinois Street near Division Street after they had received several complaints of prostitution, gambling, and other vice activity.

Patrolman O'briest came upon a male with a jug of whiskey. He confronted the man, pulling up his sweater to identify himself as a police officer. A scuffle ensued, catching the attention of the man's 19-year-old stepson who ran off to get a weapon and then returned and shot Patrolman O'Briest who died from his wounds three days later.

Patrolman O'Briest served with the Toledo Police Department for five years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 16, 1931
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Edward O'Briest of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 19, 2021

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