Sergeant Anthony H. Overberg

Sergeant Anthony H. Overberg

Norwood Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 8, 1942

Anthony H. Overberg

Sergeant Overberg was shot and killed while staking out a drugstore on Franklin Avenue following a string of recent robberies. He arrived at the store at approximately 2200 hours and took a position in the rear of the store. Sergeant Overberg was not scheduled to be at work but volunteered to assist with the stakeout. Approximately 15 minutes later a suspect entered and held the owner at gunpoint. The owner led the suspect to the rear of the store where the suspect was confronted by Sergeant Overberg.

A struggle ensued and Sergeant Overberg was able to gain control of the suspect's weapon. However, the suspect continued to struggle and was able to gain control of Sergeant Overberg's weapon, and then shot him three times. The suspect fled but was later arrested in Chicago, Illinois. He was sentenced to death for Sergeant Overberg's murder and executed in the electric chair at the Ohio Penitentiary on November 8, 1945.

Sergeant Overberg had served with the Norwood Police Department for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and two young daughters.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1945

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Anthony H. Overberg of the Norwood Police Department, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 9, 2018

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