Patrolman Walter E. Rauch

Patrolman Walter E. Rauch

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 1927

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Walter E. Rauch

Patrolman Walter Rauch was shot and killed while searching the area for two subjects who had robbed three people on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning.

Patrolman Rauch went to 229-241 East First Street, a location known as a thug hangout, and his body was found shortly afterward. It is believed that he may have surprised the suspects and was shot by them. The shooter was never apprehended.

Patrolman Rauch had served with the Dayton Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 63

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended


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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 Patrolman Walter E. Rauch of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 107 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 25, 2023

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