Marshal Henry Auer

Marshal Henry Auer

New Straitsville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 23, 1885

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Henry Auer

Marshal Henry Auer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man.

The subject opened fire, striking Marshal Auer several times and an 11-year-old bystander once. The subject was taken into custody by a mob of angry citizens. He was placed in jail, but later in the evening another mob of citizens overwhelmed the jailer and forced him to hand the man over. The subject was removed from the jail and lynched.

Marshal Auer is buried in Shawnee Cemetery in Shawnee, Ohio.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

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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 Marshal Henry Auer of the New Straitsville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 75 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 23, 2023

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