Patrolman Charles Goetz

Patrolman Charles Goetz

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, May 5, 1916

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Charles Goetz

Patrolman Goetz was killed after being struck by a vehicle on West 25th Street. Two cars were racing up the street with their bright lights on and another officer had yelled at them to stop. Alerted by the other officer's shouts, Patrolman Goetz stepped into the street in the path of a car coming from the opposite direction. The driver of the vehicle which struck Patrolman Goetz could not see him because of the bright lights of the oncoming cars. No charges were filed.
Patrolman Goetz had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife and two young daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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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 Charles Goetz of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 57 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 5, 2021

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