Detective John S. Buettner

Detective John S. Buettner

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, August 9, 1932

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John S. Buettner

Detective Buettner succumbed to a gunshot wound received three days earlier while he and his partner attempted to question a man fitting the description of a robbery suspect. When the two officers approached the man he suddenly produced a small handgun from his waist band and opened fire, striking Detective Buettner in the stomach. The suspect was eventually apprehended and admitted to the robbery and Detective Buettner's murder. He was sentenced to death for the murder and executed in the electric chair.

Detective Buettner had been with the agency for 19 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 20

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 6, 1932
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed

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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 Detective John S. Buettner of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 76 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 9, 2021

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