Patrolman Martin P. Randolph

Patrolman Martin P. Randolph

Springfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, September 3, 1937

Martin P. Randolph

Patrolman Randolph and Chief Deputy Edward Furry, of the Clark County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men wanted for robbing and kidnapping.

The suspects were located at a cottage at Crystal Lake. As the deputies and officers entered the cottage the suspects opened fire, mortally wounding Chief Deputy Furry and Patrolman Randolph, and wounding a third officer. Patrolman Randolph was taken to City Hospital where he died.

One of the suspects was shot and killed at the scene and another was wounded and arrested. The remaining two suspects were apprehended in Michigan and returned to Ohio. All three were sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair at the Ohio State Penitentiary on April 19, 1939.

The suspect who was shot and killed served 11 years in prison for murdering Patrolman Harrison L. Boyd of the Marietta Police Department, Ohio, on January 11, 1925. He was paroled December 6, 1936.

Patrolman Randolph was a US Army veteran of WWI. He had served with the Springfield Police Department for 8 years and was survived by his wife. He was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 44

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1939

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Martin P. Randolph of the Springfield Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.


End of Watch: Friday, September 3, 1937

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 5, 2017

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