Patrolman Fred Karsch

Patrolman Fred Karsch

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, November 4, 1880

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Fred Karsch

Patrolman Fred Karsch succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he was shot by a suspect while attempting to disperse a crowd.

The suspect was apprehended by Patrolman Karsch's partner. The suspect was stabbed to death on Aug. 15, 1883, during an argument with another man at a polling place.

Patrolman Karsch had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for more than two years. He was survived by his wife and son.

He is buried at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, Hamilton County, Ohio.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 3, 1880
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Stabbed to death in 1883

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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 Fred Karsch of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 4, 2022

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