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 John Fugate succumbed to a gunshot wound he received on May 1, 1933, while investigating a grocery store burglary on North Seventh Street in Greenfield.

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.

Patrolman Fugate was transported to Athens State Hospital, where he stayed until he passed away 31 years later. 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 served with the Greenfield Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

convicted felon, investigation, parolee

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Patrolman Fugate,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Greenfield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 28, 2024

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