Patrolman Eugene Stinchcomb

Patrolman Eugene Stinchcomb

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, May 12, 1952

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Eugene Stinchcomb

Patrolman Gene Stinchcomb was shot and killed with his own service weapon when he responded to a disturbance on a city bus on Euclid Avenue and 105th Street in Cleveland.

The 20-year-old man set a woman's hair on fire with a cigarette. When Patrolman Stinchcomb approached the subject, the man grabbed his service weapon and opened fire, killing him, the 24-year-old complainant, and two other passengers, 50 and 60. The subject was then taken into custody by an off-duty officer who ran onto the bus. Other passengers had almost beat the suspect to death.

The man was committed to a state hospital, where he died in 1993.

Patrolman Stinchcomb had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 29 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed to mental institution

arrest attempt, EDP

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Eugene Stinchcomb of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 12, 2024

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