Patrolman John P. Sears

Patrolman John P. Sears

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, November 30, 1936

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John P. Sears

Patrolman John Sears fell to his death from the Atlas Apartments on Long and High Street in Columbus.

While executing a search warrant for a murder suspect, he attempted to force entry into one of the rooms. He kicked the door open, and the top of the door sprang back at him, knocking him over the banister to the ground below.

The building was the same location where Patrolman Sears' partner, Patrolman Edward Murphy, was shot and killed in the line of duty the previous year.

Patrolman Sears had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, his mother, and two brothers.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

search warrant, warrant service

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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 John P. Sears of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 69 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 30, 2023

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