Lieutenant Levi Parker

Lieutenant Levi Parker

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1856

Levi Parker

Lieutenant Levi Parker was shot on April 27th, 1856, while attempting to stop a man from beating his wife. The unarmed subject pulled a pistol and shot Lieutenant Parker in the left shoulder.

Lieutenant Parker died eight days later at 1:00 a.m. on the morning of May 4, 1856.

The subject was charged, convicted, and sentenced to life. However, in January 1862, the Supreme Court ordered a new trial for him. He was again convicted, this time of second degree murder and again sentenced to life. A few years later, convinced that he was to return to Ireland, the governor of Ohio pardoned him and, once pardoned, the man went to Covington, Kentucky.

Lieutenant Parker was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 27, 1856
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned

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True heroism is not diminished by time. Your service has helped to steel the resolve of the Law Enforcement community and will continue to do so. Rest in peace, brother.

Police Officer (Retired) Gregory Kral
Miami-Dade Police Dept. FL

December 27, 2011

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