Patrolman Harrison L. Boyd

Patrolman Harrison L. Boyd

Marietta Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, January 11, 1925

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Harrison L. Boyd

Patrolman Harrison Boyd was shot and killed when he interrupted two men burglarizing a grocery store on Union Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

Patrolman Boyd engaged the two men in a shootout, but his service weapon jammed. He was mortally wounded by the suspect's gunfire.

Both men were arrested and sent to prison. One was paroled on December 6, 1936. On September 3, 1937, he was killed in a gun battle with police in Clark County, Ohio, in which Patrolman Martin P. Randolph of the Springfield, Ohio, Police Department, and Chief Deputy Sheriff Edward Furry of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio, were also killed.

The other suspect died in prison on May 7, 1930, from double pneumonia caused by smoke inhalation during a prison fire 16 days earlier. On April 21, 1930, he was one of 322 inmates who died as a result of the fire and one of five cop killers who died. It was the worst fire in Ohio's history and in American prison history.

Patrolman Boyd was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 7

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One paroled in 1936; One died in prison


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I have been with the Marietta Police department since 2015. Your oil painting and badge still hangs in the officer typing room almost 100 years after your end of watch. I'm also 34 years old and work the same beat you were murdered in in 1925 when you were 34 years old. I also have a young son, same as you. I had the honor of visiting the memorial in DC recently. The bagpipes blair once a year for you and thousands of others who made the ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten. Rest in Peace Ptl. Harrison Boyd.

Patrolman J.B. Richards
Marietta Police Department, Ohio

May 16, 2023

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