Patrolman John Shipp

Patrolman John Shipp

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, May 6, 1900

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John Shipp

Patrolman John Shipp was shot and killed while he and his partner were investigating a burglary call at 23 Charles Street.

As he passed under a pantry window, the suspect leaned out and shot him three times. The suspect fled the scene but was pursued by Patrolman Shipp's partner.

The suspect was apprehended in Indianapolis, Indiana, convicted of Patrolman Shipp's murder, and executed on June 21, 1901.

Patrolman Shipp had been with the Cleveland Division of Police for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children from a previous marriage.

Detective Benjamin Tobias Thornton of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana, succumbed to pneumonia he received while participating in the stakeout and arrest of Patrolman Shipp's murderer.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 178

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1901


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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 Deputy Sheriff Frank M. Morrison of the Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 6, 2022

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