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 Houser was shot and killed while off duty when three robbery suspects discovered his badge and gun. Patrolman Houser was in a local bar when three armed men entered and announced a robbery. 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 March 12, 1987.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Kenneth R. Houser of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

April 2, 2020

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