Patrolman Harry Dowell

Patrolman Harry Dowell

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, June 9, 1921

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Harry Dowell

Patrolman Harry Dowell and Patrolman Harold Mosbrugger were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man threatening his landlady.

The suspects' landlady and her son had called in the complaint when the man threatened to kill them after receiving an eviction notice. The man shot Patrolman Mosbrugger when he made entry into the man's room. The man then holed up in his attic and engaged in a shootout with officers.

When Patrolman Dowell arrived with the backup units he was shot and killed dismounting his motorcycle. The gunman had the officers' pinned and they were unable to assist Patrolman Dowell who lay injured in the street.

After an hour the officers fired a machine gun from the house across the street, striking the suspect three times. The gunman retreated from the window and was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Patrolman Dowell was survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Patrolman Dowell,
Sir, even though it’s been 100 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Toledo.


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June 10, 2021

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