Patrolman Jerome Hostetter

Patrolman Jerome Hostetter

Marion City Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1910

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Jerome Hostetter

Patrolman Hostetter was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an armed robbery suspect.

Patrolman Hostetter and another officer were searching the Erie railroad yard for two suspects wanted in connection with the robbery. As Patrolman Hostetter ordered one of the men out of a railroad car, the second suspect opened fire on him, mortally wounding him. Patrolman Hostetter succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Both suspects fled the scene. A man was arrested and charged with his murder but was acquitted at trial. The case remains unsolved.

Patrolman Hostetter had served with the Marion City Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 18, 1910
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Case never solved

arrest attempt, robbery

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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 Jerome Hostetter of the Marion City Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 19, 2023

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