Detective George V. Purcell

Detective George V. Purcell

Dayton City 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

arrest attempt, weapons violation

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective George V. Purcell of the Dayton City Police Department, Ohio and the additional 90 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 23, 2022

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