Patrolman Herman B. Pahler

Patrolman Herman B. Pahler

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 1933

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Herman B. Pahler

Patrolman Herman Pahler was shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree with a .22 caliber rifle.

The man was in a bank when he got into an argument with bank employees over banking matters and went berserk. He went and got a rifle, shot the bank guard, and then went out on the street, shooting citizens and Patrolman Pahler, who was directing traffic in front of St. Mary's Catholic School. Another officer shot and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Pahler succumbed to his wound two days later. Two citizens were killed, and eight were wounded.

Patrolman Pahler had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 18 years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 6, 1933
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

EDP, disturbance

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice Patrolman Herman B. Pahler of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 8, 2024

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