Detective Robert R. Cline

Detective Robert R. Cline

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 5, 1938

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Robert R. Cline

Detective Robert Cline was shot and killed in a fierce shootout between four bank robbers.

Three of the robbers were shot and killed, and several other officers were critically wounded. The fourth robber was shot in the spine and paralyzed. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On April 6, 1938, he died on death row of complications from his wounds two weeks before his scheduled execution.

Detective Cline had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 11 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 4 shot and killed


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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Robert R. Cline of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 5, 2024

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