Patrolman Curtis L. Staton

Patrolman Curtis L. Staton

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, March 22, 1972

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Curtis L. Staton

Patrolman Curtis Staton was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a domestic dispute.

Upon their arrival, the male suspect shot Patrolman Staton in the chest twice with a .357 caliber handgun. As the suspect attempted to flee, he was shot and killed by Patrolman Staton's partner.

Patrolman Staton had been with the Columbus Division of Police for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 603

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Cadet Officer Curtis Staten & I graduated, as with our Classmates, at the Police Academy. Curtis was a Christian and talked and walked his love of God. He gave a speech to us to keep our families close to our hearts along with God. As our classmates marched in his funeral, I, as others, cried. I think about Curtis to this day. I wish his family peace and courage.

Sergeant Bob Mendenhall Retired
Columbus Police Dept

June 18, 2022

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