Patrolman Kenneth R. Houser

Patrolman Kenneth R. Houser

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, April 2, 1969

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Kenneth R. Houser

Patrolman Kenneth Houser was shot and killed while off duty when three robbery suspects discovered his badge and gun.

Patrolman Houser was at Cliffs Bar at 9115 Buckeye Road when three armed men entered and announced a robbery at 1:00 a.m. While taking the belongings from the occupants, they discovered that Patrolman Houser was a police officer and immediately shot him. The suspects also shot and killed the bar owner.

In July of 1970, two suspects were arrested after officers stopped them for a traffic violation and found Patrolman Houser's service revolver in their car. The third suspect was arrested a few days later. Two suspects were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in February of 1971. One died in prison on March 12, 1987.

Patrolman Houser had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for over one year, assigned to the Fourth District. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 7 months
  • Badge 2113

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Kenneth R. Houser Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 2, 2024

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