Patrolman David L. Cole

Patrolman David L. Cole

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 17, 1974

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David L. Cole

Patrolman David Cole was shot and killed after responding to an alarm call at a local business. When he arrived on the scene he observed two men walking nearby. As he approached them they opened fire, wounding him twice. One of the suspects then took Patrolman Cole's revolver and shot him again. Patrolman Cole was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Both suspects were sentenced to death but had the sentences commuted to life. One of the men was paroled in 1991. The other suspect has been denied parole three times and the next hearing is in 2017.

Patrolman Cole had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and four siblings. He is buried in Saint Peter Cemetery, New Richmond, Ohio.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge P160

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 14, 1974
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Two sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman David L. Cole of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 80 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 17, 2019

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