Night Policeman Arucius R. Koon

Night Policeman Arucius R. Koon

New Straitsville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 4, 1894

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Arucius R. Koon

Night Policeman Arucius Koon was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to arrest for being drunk and disruptive on a public street. The suspect was apprehended at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, three weeks later.

The suspect was found guilty of manslaughter March 17, 1895.

Policeman Koon was a Freemason and was survived by his wife and two children, and predeceased by his parents and two children. He is buried in New Straitsville Joint Cemetery in New Straitsville, Ohio.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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Jun 28, 2018: Arucius Koon was my great grandfather. He was the father of my grandmother, Della Koon Barton. He was the grandfather of my father, Beverly James Barton, born in 1918 when Beverly was still a man's name. To read that Arucius was killed in the line of duty in 1894 is stunning. My father was in law enforcement in the 1970s, the details of which are unclear to me. My father was shot 3 times in his life, survived them all, but still took a toll. To all the other officers and families who left tributes, thank you for your thoughtfulness and sacrifices. To those who are distant cousins, I would love to be in contact with you. I am 70 years old and have one sister left who is 76. Time's a wastin'!

Mary C. Barton-Rulli

June 29, 2018

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