Constable J. William Fogwell

Constable J. William Fogwell

Beavercreek Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, October 31, 1872

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J. William Fogwell

Constable J. William Fogwell was shot and killed from ambush while serving a summons to one of his neighbors in the area of modern-day Ankeney Road and Trebein Road.

Constable Fogwell had arrested his neighbor for minor crimes on several occasions and the man held a grudge against him. Constable Fogwell had obtained the warrant against the neighbor for shooting his chickens. The man had learned of the warrant and set up an ambush along the road. Constable Fogwell was heading home from Dayton and had the summons in his pocket when he was shot from ambush with a blast from a shotgun.

Constable Fogwell was able to give a deathbed statement identifying his killer. He died the morning after being shot.

The neighbor was arrested and charged with Constable Fogwell's murder. He committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell after a failed escape attempt.

Constable Fogwell was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 30, 1872
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, retaliation, warrant service

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Constable Fogwell,
On today, the 171st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the Union Army as a member of the 94th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.


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October 31, 2023

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