Patrolman Paul Frederick

Patrolman Paul Frederick

Portsmouth Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, February 6, 1928

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Paul Frederick

Patrolman Paul Frederick was shot and killed at 9:30 p.m. by two men while on patrol at 11th and Monroe Streets in Portsmouth.

He was shot in the abdomen and was able to crawl to the police phone and request help. One of the men had been arrested by Patrolman Frederick several months earlier for illegally transporting whiskey in East Portsmouth.

Both suspects were arrested following the murder. They were both sentenced to death and executed on July 5, 1928.

Patrolman Frederick had served with the Portsmouth Police Department for nine months and was also a motor officer. He was survived by his father, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1928

foot patrol, motor officer, suspicious person

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Paul Frederick of the Portsmouth Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 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

February 6, 2024

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