Detective Patrolman Kaiser Bartecki

Detective Patrolman Kaiser Bartecki

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 21, 1915

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Kaiser Bartecki

Detective Bartecki was shot and killed as he and several other officers attempted to arrest a man who had tried to a murder a woman earlier in the day. The man had met the women 6 weeks earlier in New York City, New York, and had become obsessed with her. He had proposed to her several times and was rejected each time.

After following the woman to Toledo and being turned down again, he shot the woman three times, seriously wounding her. The woman later died. Detective Bartecki and two other officers located the man about an hour later at another home. Detective Bartecki chased him around the back of the home where he was shot once in the chest and killed.

The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended at a railroad depot a short time later while trying to buy a ticket back to New York. He was charged with first degree murder.

The 32-year-old suspect was convicted of Detective Bartecki's murder and sentenced to death. On Febuary 9, 1916, his sentence was commuted to life. Soon afterwards he started showing signs of insanity and was transferred to the Lima State Mental Hospital.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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 Detective Patrolman Kaiser Bartecki of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 21, 2022

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