Patrolman James Francis Goggin

Patrolman James Francis Goggin

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, January 13, 1939

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James Francis Goggin

Patrolman Goggin was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Patrolman Goggin and his partner responded to an alarm and each went to different businesses, as the alarm wasn't specific. Patrolman Goggin went to the Sach Store. He found a robber holding a knife to the throat of Isadore Sach, asking him to find "more" money in the safe. Another robber was ordering people to the basement of the store. One of the robbers started shooting, hit Patrolman Goggin and then ran to an exit. Patrolman Goggin fell in the middle of an aisle, and the second robber ran past him. The wounded patrolman was able to shoot at the second robber. This robber got as far as the street and fell dead at the curb. Two other robbers escaped.

Patrolman Goggin had been shot twice; one bullet hit his stomach and another his left side. His partner heard the gunshots and came over and called to him, but got no response. He then called for an ambulance, four minutes after the alarm had sounded.

A description of the two escaped robbers was circulated and they were arrested. Both were sentenced to life and later died in prison.

Patrolman Goggin was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 839

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender One killed, two sentenced to life

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Patrolman Goggin,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cleveland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 13, 2019

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