Police Officer John Kossow

Police Officer John Kossow

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Saturday, September 30, 1899

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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 41-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was released on January 5, 1912, and died two months later from tuberculosis.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 333

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Officer's nightstick
  • Offender Released in 1912


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Rest in peace always and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 30, 2020

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