Patrolman Olin C. Wilson

Patrolman Olin C. Wilson

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, May 16, 1927

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Olin C. Wilson

Patrolman Olin Wilson succumbed to his wounds when he was shot while questioning a man about the man shooting a firearm carelessly at 761 Kenyon Avenue in Cincinnati.

A local resident approached District Four Patrolman Wilson at his residence and informed him that a man had just fired two shots into the windows of her residence. While relating this story, the woman saw the suspect and pointed to him. When Patrolman Wilson called out to the suspect, he drew his revolver and shot Patrolman Wilson three times.

Patrolman Wilson was taken to General Hospital, where he died two days later.

The murderer was convicted and executed eight months later. He was the fourth person executed for the murder of a Cincinnati policeman.

Patrolman Wilson had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and son. His brother, two nephews, and a niece all served with the Cincinnati Police Department.

He is buried in Union Baptist Cemetery in Covedale.

The area of Kenyon Barr was redeveloped in 1950s.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 14, 1927
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

weapons violation

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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 Olin C. Wilson of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 14, 2023

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