Town Marshal Arthur Rutter

Town Marshal Arthur Rutter

New Boston Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, April 28, 1907

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Arthur Rutter

Marshal Arthur Rutter was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to arrest for writing offensive letters to a woman.

One of the letters suggested that she tie a string on a certain gate post if she desired to meet with him. When the man appeared at the appointed time and place, Marshal Rutter was there to meet him. As Marshal Rutter walked up to him, the suspect drew a revolver and shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

It was later discovered that the suspect was a married man who lived in the woman's neighborhood. The suspect fled from his home and remained at large for 28 years. He was arrested in Ironton, Ohio, March 11, 1935.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Apprehended in 1935

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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 Town Marshal Arthur Rutter of the New Boston Police Department, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 28, 2022

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