Detective Patrick Gaffney

Detective Patrick Gaffney

East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, December 25, 1918

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Patrick Gaffney

Detective Patrick Gaffney succumbed to a gunshot wound when he was shot at Elm Street and Coit Road area after responding to a report of two men trying to steal a car.

As Detective Gaffney and his partner arrived, the suspects immediately opened fire. During the ensuing foot pursuit and shootout, Detective Gaffney was transported to the East Cleveland Hospital where he died from being struck in the lung.

The suspect who shot Detective Gaffney was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life in prison on December 12, 1920. He died in prison on July 27, 1937.

Detective Gaffney had served with the East Cleveland Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 19, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life in prison

robbery, foot pursuit

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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 Detective Patrick Gaffney of the East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 107 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 25, 2023

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