City Marshal Edwin "Ed" Whitaker

City Marshal Edwin "Ed" Whitaker

Georgetown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, May 29, 1887

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Edwin "Ed" Whitaker

City Marshal Ed Whitaker succumbed to gunshot wounds he received while walking down a local street with his wife.

The subject awaited Marshal Whitaker in the alley behind his home. When he saw Marshal Whitaker, he fired two shots. Marshal Whitaker succumbed to his wounds six days later.

The subject was angry because Marshal Whitaker had been dispatched to his home the day before to quell an argument. Despite not arresting him that day, the subject was upset that Marshal Whitaker had arrested him several times prior to that incident. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on January 18, 1888.

City Marshal Whitaker was a United States Civil War veteran, serving with the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 23, 1887
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, retaliation

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NEVER FORGET! Honoring the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of City Marshal Edwin "Ed" Whitaker of the Georgetown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 29, 2024

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