Patrolman Forney L. Haas

Patrolman Forney L. Haas

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1951

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Forney L. Haas

Patrolman Forney Haas was shot and killed by a well known criminal during a traffic stop.

Patrolman Haas stopped a man driving a Lincoln with California plates driving the wrong way down a one way street in Cleveland. He had no idea that the driver was a well known criminal wanted for housebreaking, robbery, and car theft. Patrolman Haas asked to see his license and the criminal, playing for time, claimed to have left it at home. Patrolman Haas insisted on seeing it, so they drove to his rooming house.

The landlady was sweeping the hallway when she heard men's voices shouting in one of her rooms. She heard one man say "I'm telling you my license was in my wallet when I left. It's been stolen from here." After a few more angry exchanges, the woman heard a shot, followed by two more. The door opened and a man holding a smoking revolver ran past her and out into the street. Patrolman Haas was rushed to hospital but died half an hour later without regaining consciousness.

The suspect had grabbed Patrolman Hass' revolver and he flushed it down a toilet so as not to be caught with it. The officer's weapon was found, however ,and due to some chemical reaction, the suspect's print had become engraved in the weapon. This led to his conviction and subsequent execution in the electric chair on January 18th, 1953.

Patrolman Haas was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1953

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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 Forney L. Haas of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 85 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 8, 2021

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