Patrolman Julius Mayer, Jr.

Patrolman Julius Mayer, Jr.

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 16, 1940

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Julius Mayer, Jr.

Patrolman Julius Mayer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglar at an auto parts store on West 9th Street.

During the struggle, the suspect gained control of Patrolman Mayer's service revolver and shot him as another officer ran to help him. After a short chase, that officer captured the suspect.

The suspect, an ex-convict, 29, was convicted of Patrolman Mayer's murder and sentenced to life in prison on April 27, 1940. He escaped from the London Prison Farm on October 25, 1953, and was captured in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on January 11, 1954. He died in prison on May 30, 1979.

Patrolman Mayer had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for 13 months. He was survived by his parents and a sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Life in prison

arrest attempt, convicted felon

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Julius Mayer, Jr. of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 16, 2024

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