Detective Abe Kleeman

Detective Abe Kleeman

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, September 15, 1899

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Abe Kleeman

Detective Abe Kleeman succumbed to gunshot wounds during a shootout at the intersection of Poplar and Harrison Streets (Present-day Thurber Drive).

Detective Kleeman and his partner, a patrolman, were waiting for the subject, who was charged with robbery, on Harrison Street. When the subject rode by on his bicycle, the officers attempted to arrest him. He pulled out a revolver and started shooting. He struck the patrolman in the head. Detective Kleeman returned fire and struck the subject three times while receiving a bullet in the chest.

The suspect died later that day. The patrolman lived with the bullet in his skull. Detective Kellman died five days later.

Detective Kleeman had served with the Columbus Division of Police for ten years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 77

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 10, 1899
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, burglary, convicted felon

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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 Detective Abe Kleeman of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 15, 2023

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