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 William O'Rourke was shot and killed while working a pawnshop detail.

He was attempting to arrest a subject for selling stolen property when the subject produced a gun and shot him several times.

The suspect was apprehended and executed in the electric chair.

Detective O'Rourke had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 29 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 36

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt

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