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 Kaiser Bartecki was shot and killed as he and several other officers attempted to arrest a man who had tried to murder a woman earlier in the day.

The man had met the woman 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 324 Kosciusko Street in Toldeo. 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 February 9, 1916, his sentence was commuted to life. Soon afterward, he started showing signs of insanity and was transferred to the Lima State Mental Hospital.

Detective Bartecki had served with the Toledo Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Patrolman Kaiser Bartecki of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 59American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 21, 2024

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