Patrolman Robert William Wehagen

Patrolman Robert William Wehagen

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 1938

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Robert William Wehagen

Patrolman Robert Wehagen was stabbed by an escaped mental patient as he entered an apartment.

Patrolman Wehagen and other officers responded to the butcher shop where the escaped mental patient lived. He threatened his wife, daughter, and godson, which was overheard by the upstairs neighbor, who called the police. The man then shooed everyone out and locked himself in the apartment. The officers obtained the key from his wife, and as he was opening the door, Patrolman Wehagen was stabbed in the abdomen. As he fell to the floor, he was able to spray the man in the face with tear gas. The suspect was subsequently shot by other officers and died at the hospital.

Patrolman Wehagen was taken to Lutheran Hospital for surgery. The knife had severed his intestines in five places, and he died while in surgery.

Patrolman Wehagen was a United States Army World War I veteran and had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 969
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

escapee, mentally ill

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Patrolman Wehagen,
On today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 8, 2023

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