Lieutenant John Paul Gisclon

Lieutenant John Paul Gisclon

Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, January 14, 1995

John Paul Gisclon

Lieutenant John Gisclon was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious man walking along Route 250 at 0300 hours.

While working a nearby breaking and entering case, Lieutenant Gisclon had stopped the man, suspecting he was a second suspect in the break-in. Before approaching the man Lieutenant Gisclon called for backup; however, when the Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper arrived he did not see Lieutenant Gisclon and was ambushed by the suspect and shot twice. The trooper was able to return fire, and after a hand-to-hand fight the suspect was shot and killed. The trooper found Lieutenant Gisclon lying in the roadway unconscious. Lieutenant Gisclon was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It was later determined that Lieutenant Gisclon's death was not at all connected to the earlier burglary but that his killer did have a history of mental illness.

Lieutenant Gisclon had been with the agency for 22 years and had previously served in Vietnam with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 08
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant John Paul Gisclon of the Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 65 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 14, 2018

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