Patrolman Patrick W. Sweeney

Patrolman Patrick W. Sweeney

Tiffin Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 28, 1908

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Patrick W. Sweeney

Patrolman Pat Sweeney was shot when he interrupted a burglary in progress.

Patrolman Sweeney discovered a burglary at the Breckley Grocery store at North Washington at Harrison Streets. Two ladies observed Officer Sweeney climb the stairs and then heard shots coming from inside the building.

A man ran from the store, firing at but missing the two ladies as he fled. Patrolman Sweeney was found inside the building and was carried to Brick's saloon, then transferred to Toledo by train. Though the surgery was performed, Officer Sweeney died the next day.

Before his death, Patrolman Sweeney named the person who shot him. The suspect, who had recently been released from prison in Columbus, was known to Patrolman Sweeney. The suspect was never apprehended.

Patrolman Sweeney had served with the Tiffin Police Department for 35 years. He was survived by his six sons.

Patrolman Sweeney is buried in Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, Ohio.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, March 27, 1908
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

burglary, convicted felon

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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 Patrolman Pat Sweeney of the Tiffin Police Department, Ohio and the additional 57 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 30, 2023

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