Patrolman Henry A. Richter

Patrolman Henry A. Richter

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, February 27, 1925

Henry A. Richter

Patrolman Richter succumbed to two gunshot wounds received two days earlier during a stakeout of a gas station that had been robbed several times. While Patrolman Richter was hiding in a back room a robber entered and announced the holdup. The teller said a pre-determined line to indicate a holdup was taking place. The man ordered the clerk into the back room and as the door opened Patrolman Richter opened fire. The suspect returned fire, striking Patrolman Richter in the chest twice. Patrolman Richter continued to fire, striking the suspect five times. The suspect later died of his wounds. His accomplice was apprehended and sentenced to life.
Patrolman Richter was a US Navy veteran of the Spanish-American War and had been with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, February 25, 1925
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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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 Henry A. Richter of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 51 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

February 27, 2018

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