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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Lt. Gruber,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 28, 2022

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