Captain Henry Ritchason

Captain Henry Ritchason

Zanesville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 1, 1954

Henry Ritchason

Captain Henry Ritchason was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while he and other law enforcement officers searched a wooded area for a still.

One of the other officers was attempting to load a pump shotgun when it discharged, striking Captain Ritchason in the stomach. He was transported to Bethesda Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds three hours later.

Captain Ritchason had served with the Zanesville Police Department for 19 years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

accidental discharge, alcohol violation

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He was my beloved uncle. I lived in nelsonville Ohio and he visited just before he was killed . He was also a great prize fighter before he quit and returned to zanesville .

Jim Sanborn

October 18, 2015

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