Patrolman John M. Fugate

Patrolman John M. Fugate

Greenfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, May 28, 1964

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John M. Fugate

Patrolman Fugate succumbed to a gunshot wound received 31 years earlier while investigating a grocery store burglary. The suspect, who was hiding behind the counter, suddenly jumped up and opened fire, striking Patrolman Fugate and his partner, Patrolman Thomas Caniff. Patrolman Caniff succumbed to his wound two weeks after the incident. The coroner determined that Patrolman Fugate's death was a direct result of the gunshot wound received in 1933.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Caniff's murder and sentenced to death. The suspect committed suicide in jail prior to his execution date.

Patrolman Fugate had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 1, 1933
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate Patrolman John M. Fugate of the Greenfield Police Department, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

May 28, 2018

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