Lieutenant Levi Parker

Lieutenant Levi Parker

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1856

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Levi Parker

Lieutenant Levi Parker was shot on April 27th, 1856, while attempting to stop a man from beating his wife on Front Street near Pike Street. 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

arrest attempt, assault, domestic

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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 Lieutenant Levi Parker of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 78 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 4, 2022

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