Chief Marshal John M. Cone

Chief Marshal John M. Cone

Canfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, July 17, 1880

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John M. Cone

Chief Marshal John Cone was shot and killed by two brothers who were seeking revenge for previously been thrown out of the county fair. When the fair returned to town, the brothers attended with the intention of getting revenge.

The two created a disturbance, drawing Marshal Cone's attention. The marshal was able to take them to the center of town, where one of the brothers attempted to hit him with a beer bottle. Marshal Cone was able to dodge the blow, but the other brother then pulled out a gun and shot him in the face.

Marshal Cone was taken to his home, where he died six hours later.

The two suspects were both apprehended and eventually sentenced to life in prison. The one that did not fire the fatal shot was pardoned June 18, 1891.

Marshal Cone was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Chief Marshal John M. Cone of the Canfield Police Department, Ohio and the additional 87 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 17, 2022

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