Patrolman Joseph Haydu

Patrolman Joseph Haydu

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1956

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, sadly police officers are still loosing their lives and I think of you often every time I hear of another lost soul. You were my mom's hero and apparently the hero to many others. My mom taught me to respect police officers and your death taught the risk you all take. I wish I could have known you.


Denise Yasika McTeague

November 4, 2016

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