Patrolman Henry Clemens

Patrolman Henry Clemens

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, December 4, 1927

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Henry Clemens

Patrolman Clemens was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary on East Front Street. He encountered three men stealing tires from a business and was shot by one of the men. A citizen found Patrolman Clemens holding his flashlight and service weapon. He was transported to St. Elizabeth's hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

Two suspects were apprehended and the third suspect was captured in Butler, Pennsylvania four days later. One of them admitted to killing Patrolman Clemens.

Patrolman Clemens' killer and a second suspect, ages 18 and 19, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 2, 1928. On April 21, 1930, both were two of 322 inmates who died in a fire at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. This was the worst fire in Ohio's history and in American prison history. They were two of five cop killers who died in the fire.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison fire

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Henry Clemens of the Youngstown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

December 4, 2018

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