Patrolman Clarence Frueh

Patrolman Clarence Frueh

Freeport Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, June 29, 1923

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Clarence Frueh

Patrolman Clarence Frueh was shot and killed after arresting a tramp at the Illinois Central depot. After murdering the officer, the suspect attempted to escape on his motorcycle but was killed when he crashed into a curb.

Patrolman Frueh had served with the Freeport Police Department for two years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed in accident

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My father, born 1905,was 18 when Officer Frueh lost his life. He had shared that story with me several times but, I never knew the details until now. I found information in old newspaper clippings on Internet. I am not sure if the murderer was ever positively id'd. It was believed he was the same person who had killed another police officer and a civilian in or near St. Louis. Clippings available on request.

John L. Veer
concerned citizen

January 2, 2020

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