Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin

Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin

Cambridge Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1984

Jerry E. Dragosin

Lieutenant Dragosin was shot and killed in the driveway of the police department. The suspect had gone to the police station in an attempt to recover a handgun that had been confiscated from him earlier in the week. When he arrived at the station a dispatcher informed Lieutenant Dragosin the man was there and in possession of another handgun.

When Lieutenant Dragosin contacted the man a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to gain control of Lieutenant Dragosin's service revolver and fatally shot him. As the suspect fled the scene he encountered an off duty officer and the two exchanged shots. Both men were wounded in the exchange. The man continued to flee and led officers on a 50 mile pursuit into West Virginia where he was finally taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of Lieutenant Dragosin's murder and sentenced to life. He was denied a commutation of his sentence in 2008. He will be eligible for parole in 2024.

Lieutenant Dragosin was survived by his wife and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin of the Cambridge Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

August 21, 2018

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