Captain Henry Ritchason

Captain Henry Ritchason

Zanesville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 1, 1954

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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 (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, alcohol 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 Captain Henry Ritchason of the Zanesville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 1, 2022

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