Patrolman Joseph Lauer

Patrolman Joseph Lauer

Canton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, June 14, 1928

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Joseph Lauer

Patrolman Joseph Lauer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man suspected of robbing a service station.

He encountered the subject at the intersection of Dewalt Avenue and 3rd Street, NW, where the two exchanged shots. Patrolman Lauer was fatally wounded but was able to wound the suspect. The subject was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Lauer's murder and sentenced to life in prison on October 12, 1928. He was paroled on August 26, 1960.

Patrolman Lauer was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1960

arrest attempt

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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 Joseph Lauer of the Canton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 14, 2023

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