Police Officer Michael Blankenship

Police Officer Michael Blankenship

Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, February 10, 1997

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Michael Blankenship

Police Officer Michael Blankenship was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a suspicious person call at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The killer was found dead after committing suicide.

Officer Blankenship is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 303

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

suspicious person

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It doesn't take much,
to take someone down.
Just a single bullet, that can bounce around.

A vest or not,
the bullet will find a way.
On any kind of night,
it can take someone away.

The bulletin was heard,
and every officer knew,
the one they called their own
had just left the team in blue.

Everyone knew,
this day could come.
and now everyone is left
feeling helpless and numb.

The killer chose suicide,
but how little it eases the pain.
Because a mother and father,
know things will never be the same.

He was one of many
who answered the late night calls,
and now he will be one of many,
who's name is left on Washington walls.

Lt. G D Spence (ret)
The Ohio State University Police

February 9, 2019

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