Detective John Boss

Detective John Boss

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1919

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John Boss

Detective John Boss was shot and killed as he arrested two thieves on a freight train near Graytown, Ohio. He and several other railroad detectives were guarding the merchandise train as it headed for Toledo, Ohio.

He encountered two men hiding in a freight car and was placing them in handcuffs when a third suspect opened fire on him, striking him the abdomen. All three suspects then fled.

Detective Boss was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he succumbed to his wound.

A suspect was arrested several days later and held in connection with his murder.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Incident Date Friday, August 22, 1919
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Det. Boss,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 24, 2019

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