Lieutenant William E. Gruber

Lieutenant William E. Gruber

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, April 28, 1897

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William E. Gruber

Lieutenant William Gruber was beaten to death while investigating the murder of an infant that had occurred the previous week.

He had returned to the crime scene when he was attacked by an unknown individual. He suffered a fractured skull and died at the scene. His body was found the next morning and his revolver had been stolen. Two men were apprehended.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Apprehended


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I would like to thank the City of Jacksonville for honoring my grandfather. This was brought to my attention by 2 men associated with the organizing of the ceremony. I had a previously arranged obligation on that day and was unable to attend. I was told that his lineage had been traced to my family and he was my great great grandfather. Again, thank you for honoring him.

William D. Gruber

November 9, 2019

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