Patrolman Joseph Haydu

Patrolman Joseph Haydu

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1956

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Joseph Haydu

Patrolman Haydu was shot and killed by a suspect who also murdered a department store security guard near Public Square. The suspect had just stolen $160 from a department store when he encountered Patrolman Haydu in the street and shot him in the chest. The man then ran into another department store where he encountered and shot the security guard.

The suspect was shot and killed a short time later by another officer.

Patrolman Haydu had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 10 years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Luger
  • Offender Not available

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Uncle Joe In times like we have today I just found myself looking for you again. I need someone to understand the pain I see as the country has found itself in so much turmoil. The respect for law enforcement is at it’s worse, right down to the fact that their lives are in serious danger! You know recently the mayor of New York City was describing a conversation he had with his biracial sons. Stop when the police yell stop, be respectful and few other things. I was surprised because the advice he was giving to his sons was the same, the exact same advice my mom gave me. She added how hard the job was as they never knew which way things would go and needed our cooperation while they did their job. I don’t understand why people don’t realize these words should be taught to everyone.

Denise McTeague

June 30, 2020

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