Marshal Peter Dumele

Marshal Peter Dumele

North College Hill Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, April 8, 1928

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Peter Dumele

Marshal Peter Dumele was shot and killed when he interrupted six men robbing a poolroom at Sundale and Hamilton Avenues in North College Hill.

Marshal Dumele had just finished his rounds and was heading home when he noticed the light on in the poolroom and went to investigate where he was shot with a handgun and a shotgun.

Three of the men were apprehended at the time. One of the suspects was convicted of Marshal Dumele's murder and was executed in the electric chair at the Ohio State Prison on July 19, 1929. The other two were sentenced to life, one died in 1971, and one died in 1989 after serving time in prison.

In January of 1933, a fourth suspect was captured after he was shot and wounded by a policeman in Toledo. He was also wanted for several robberies in Ohio and Kentucky. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on April 8, 1933. He died in January 1997.

A fifth suspect vanished in 1931 and is believed to have been killed by gangsters. A sixth suspect is believed to have been involved who was involved in the deaths of Officer George Zientara of Toledo, Ohio, and Patrolmen Charles Skalay of St. Joseph, Michigan.

Marshal Dumele had served as a policeman in his native Hungary for 12 years and had served as North College Marshal for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and stepdaughter.

He is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Mount Healty in Hamilton County, Ohio.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1929

robbery in progress

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Marshal Peter Dumele of the North College Hill Police Department, Ohio and the additional 57 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

April 8, 2024

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