Police Officer John Kossow

Police Officer John Kossow

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Saturday, September 30, 1899

John Kossow

Police Officer John Kossow was beaten to death with his own baton after responding to a domestic disturbance call near South 25th Street and West Orchard Avenue.

While on the scene a struggle ensued between Officer Kossow and the husband. The suspect was able to gain control of the baton and struck Officer Kossow over the head, knocking him to the ground. After he fell the suspect continued to strike Officer Kossow over the head, killing him. The man fled but was later apprehended without incident.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 333

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Officer's nightstick
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years


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Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Kossow. Your valor and honor will forever be fondly honored.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 29, 2017

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