Captain John C. Post

Captain John C. Post

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, September 25, 1927

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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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I am proud to say that my great-grandfather was Chief Rudolph Wurstner.
I have heard the story many times about his good friend and respected fellow officer Captain Post and that awful day. My father Jack Barstow left several reflections on this page over the years. He mentions in one that the day Captain Post died was the worst day of The Chief's career. Knowing that my great-grandfather held people to a very high standard, Captain Post must have truly been a top notch officer and special person. To Suzan, who posted here a year ago, if you are looking for more information regarding the day Captain Post was killed I recommend reaching out the DPHF (Dayton Police History Foundation). They might be able to help you.

Karen Lambert
Great-granddaughter of Chief Rudolph Wurstner

October 8, 2020

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