Patrolman Luther Brooks

Patrolman Luther Brooks

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, November 22, 1901

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Luther Brooks

Patrolman Luther Brooks accidentally shot and killed himself when his revolver fell out of its holster and fired while he was crawling out of a cave at the Millcreek bottoms north of 8th Street. He and several other officers were searching the cave for suspects wanted in a series of freight car robberies.

Guns discharging when dropped was common since this was before the hammer block safety was invented.

He was transported to City Hospital where he succumbed to his wound three days later.

Patrolman Brooks had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 19, 1901

robbery, building search

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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 Patrolman Luther Brooks of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 22, 2023

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