Captain John C. Post

Captain John C. Post

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, September 25, 1927

John C. Post

Captain John Post and two other officers were attempting to apprehend a suspect who had already shot another man over an argument at a crap game.

Captain Post and two other officers were ascending the stairway in an apartment building that the suspect was hiding in at 231 Franklin Street. The man opened fire on them, wounding all three officers. Captain Post succumbed to his wounds later that week. The officers who were able to return fire shot the suspect.

The suspect was later tried and convicted of murder, but died of his wounds after the trial.

Captain Post had served with the Dayton Police Department for 24 years. The Dayton Police FOP lodge is named after Captain Post.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 38

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, September 23, 1927
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Captain Post was the senior watch commander the day he was shot. He volunteered for that assignment since many officers were participating at the Fairgrounds in the Dayton Police/Fire Field Day activities. Instead of remaining at Police Headquarters, Captain Post accompanied two of his officers on that fateful shooting call.
The sad irony is that Post's boss, Chief R.F. Wurstner, asked Post's wife Carrie to join him and Mrs. Wurstner (also named Carrie) at the Fairgrounds for the activities. When word reached Chief Wurstner in the stands, it was his difficult task to tell Mrs. Post that her husband had just been seriously wounded.
Near the time of his retirement, Chief Wurstner was asked what the worst day of his nearly 47-year career had been. He said it was the day his close friend John Post was killed.

Jack Barstow
Grandson of Chief R.F. Wurstner

August 6, 2016

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