Watchman John Osborne

Watchman John Osborne

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, December 1, 1853

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John Osborne

Watchman Osborne was stabbed to death while on foot patrol with another watchman. An intoxicated man approached the two from behind and stabbed Watchman Osborne in the neck without being provoked. The other watchman clubbed the suspect and took him into custody. The man was sentenced to death by hanging.

Watchman Osborne died of his wounds three days later. He was survived by his wife.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Monday, November 28, 1853
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Watchman John Osborne of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

December 1, 2017

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