Detective Anthony Skotnicky

Detective Anthony Skotnicky

Canton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, December 4, 1919

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Anthony Skotnicky

Detective Anthony Skotnicky succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier by a suspect wanted for robbery.

Detective Skotnicky was en route home when he saw the man and arrested him. He took the man to his home for dinner, and as they left for the jail, the man produced a concealed .32 caliber handgun and shot him. Detective Skotnicky was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he remained until succumbing to his wound later in the week.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting and was the subject of a statewide manhunt. He was eventually apprehended and convicted of the murder. He was executed on June 9, 1921.

Detective Skotnicky had served with the Canton Police Department for 9 years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, three brothers, and sister.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 29, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1921

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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 Anthony Skotnicky of the Canton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 4, 2022

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