Watchman John Brasher

Watchman John Brasher

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, May 6, 1849

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John Brasher

Watchman John Brasher was shot and killed on May 6th, 1849, while pursuing a suspect who had broken into the Good Samaritan Drug Store at Central Avenue and Court Street the previous day.

A warrant had been issued for the suspect and he was tracked to Madam Davis' house at 15th and Elm Streets. Police surrounded the house and demanded the suspect surrender. The man ran out of the rear door and shot Watchman Brasher during a foot chase.

Watchman Brasher was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender life sentence; pardoned 1874;

convicted felon, pursuit

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Rest in peace Watchman Brasher.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 6, 2023

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