Patrolman Elmer Sprosty

Patrolman Elmer Sprosty

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, April 21, 1921

Elmer Sprosty

Patrolman Elmer Sprosty was shot and killed while investigating gun shots he heard while on patrol on Scovill Street. When he went to investigate he encountered a group of men running from a building. One of the men in the group opened fire, striking Patrolman Sprosty. After Patrolman Sprosty fell to the ground, the man went up to him and shot him two more times. Another nearby patrolman witnessed the incident and returned fire, wounding the shooter.

All of the men were later apprehended; two were sentenced to life; the cases of the remaining two suspects were nulled.

Patrolman Sprosty was a United States Navy WWI veteran had been with the agency for only six months. He was survived by his wife and his father, who was a Captain with the agency. He is buried in West park Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Elmer Sprosty of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 21, 2018

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