Detective William O'Rourke

Detective William O'Rourke

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, November 24, 1917

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William O'Rourke

Detective O'Rourke was shot and killed while working a pawnshop detail. The suspect was apprehended and executed in the electric chair.

Detective O'Rourke had served with the agency for 29 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 36

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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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 Detective William O'Rourke of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 24, 2022

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