Patrolman Samuel J. Robins

Patrolman Samuel J. Robins

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, April 25, 1916

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Samuel J. Robins

Patrolman Samuel Robins was shot and killed by a man who had just attempted to rob a pawn shop at Longworth and Central Avenues.

The pawnshop owner had chased the subject from the store. Patrolman Robins had been assigned to guard a temporary polling station at 722 West 9th Street, and the man inadvertently ran towards that location with the store owner in pursuit. Patrolman Robins was able to take the man into custody, but as they walked back towards the pawnshop, the man pulled out his revolver and shot him in the side.

The suspect attempted to flee again but was shot and killed by Detective Albert Wegener, who was himself killed in the line of duty the following year.

The Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial sits on the spot where Patrolman Robins was killed. It is also the location where Substitute Patrolman James Gallagher, end of watch March 26, 1876, and Detective Albert Wegener and Policeman George LePoris, end of watch November 12, 1917, were killed.

Patrolman Robins had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and a 5-year-old son.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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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 Samuel J. Robins of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 25, 2023

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