Detective George V. Purcell

Detective George V. Purcell

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, September 23, 1916

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George V. Purcell

Detective George Purcell was shot and killed while attempting to arrest question a suspect for carrying a concealed weapon at 755 South Euclid Avenue.

He was shot three times by suspect who was later arrested after a massive manhunt. It was later discovered the wrong man was apprehended. The suspect was identified but never captured.

Detective Purcell had served with the Dayton Police Department for 13 years.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 40

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender At large

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 23, 2020

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