Constable Clarence E. "Pop" Prince

Constable Clarence E. "Pop" Prince

American Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 10, 1962

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Clarence E. "Pop" Prince

Constable Clarence Prince was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle in front of the Elida High School.

Based on imprints on the bullets in his service revolver, he had attempted to return fire, but the gun misfired four times. Two suspects, ages 21 and 22, were arrested in connection with Constable Prince's murder.

The suspects, who had very lengthy criminal records, were planning to rob a nearby bank. The shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. The other suspect was also convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life but had his sentence commuted to 12 years to life on November 19, 1974.

Constable Prince was survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons. One of his sons served as the Elida town marshal at the time of his murder.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

suspicious vehicle

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable Clarence E. "Pop" Prince of the American Township Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 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 10, 2024

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