Patrolman Allen J. Althoff

Patrolman Allen J. Althoff

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 1925

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Allen J. Althoff

Patrolman Allen Althoff was shot and killed by a man he had just arrested for theft. The man attempted to escape and shot Patrolman Althoff.

The 21-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. On April 21, 1930, he was critically burned in a fire at the Ohio Penitentiary. The fire killed 322 inmates. It was the worse fire in Ohio's history and in American prison history. Five of the 322 were cop killers. Patrolman Althoff's killer died in Ohio Penitentiary's hospital on November 23, 1935, of complications from his burns. He was the last victim to die.

Patrolman Althoff had served with the agency for nearly 11 years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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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 Allen J. Althoff 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

October 20, 2021

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