Patrolman Martin Gorman

Patrolman Martin Gorman

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, October 18, 1884

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Martin Gorman

Patrolman Martin Gorman, Patrolman Henry Scherloh, and Special Deputy Albert Russell, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, sustained fatal gunshot wounds during the Election Riot of 1884.

Over 1,300 men had been deputized by a United States Marshal in an effort to prevent voting fraud during a contentious election. Many of the deputized men were criminals who began feuding with the Cincinnati police officers and Hamilton County deputies who were also assigned to protect the polling stations.

As election day progressed the tension between the two groups escalated and resulted in over 100 shots fired, 24 casualties (incluing Deputy Russell), five dying (including Patrolman Gorman), two seriously wounded (including Patrolman Scherloh), and 15 wounded.

Patrolman Gorman died on October 18th from an infection in the bullet wound. Patrolman Scherloh's wound was thought to be non-fatal, but it was discovered that the bullet moved upward into his body and into the liver; he died 12 days after the riot on October 30th.

Patrolman Gorman had served with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and daughter and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 159

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 14, 1884
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Martin Gorman of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 18, 2018

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