Patrolman Ernest L. Ford

Patrolman Ernest L. Ford

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, September 19, 1928

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Ernest L. Ford

Patrolman Ford was shot and killed while investigating the odors of a still on Scovill Avenue. He and his fiancee were driving home after he had finished his shift when he smelled the odor coming from a house and walked into the backyard to investigate. When the owner saw him he shot and killed him.

The suspect, father of eight small children, was apprehended, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to life. When police searched his house they found a 50-gallon liquor still inside.

Patrolman Ford was survived by his fiancee.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Ernest L. Ford of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 19, 2023

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