Detective George V. Purcell

Detective George V. Purcell

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, September 23, 1916

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.

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 Apprehended

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Officer Purcell's aunt was my great-great-great-grandmother. I was stunned yesterday to learn of this loss, even though it was nearly 100 years ago. His death certificate states "internal hemorrhage due to stab of chest and gunshot wound of abdomen - homicide."

Michael Benson
!st cousin 3 times removed

November 13, 2015

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