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 Eugene Stinchcomb was shot and killed with his own service weapon when he responded to a disturbance on a city bus. The 20-year-old man set a woman's hair on fire with a cigarette. When he 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 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 Died in mental hospital

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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 Eugene Stinchcomb of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 47 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

May 12, 2018

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