Patrolman Paul John Metzger

Patrolman Paul John Metzger

Kettering Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 3, 1972

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Paul John Metzger

Patrolman Paul Metzger was killed in an automobile crash at West Dorothy Lane and Patterson Boulevard while responding to assist a security guard who had apprehended a shoplifting suspect.

During the response Patrolman Metzger's patrol car hydroplaned on the wet road surface and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

Patrolman Metzger was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Kettering Police Department for just under three years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years, 11 months
  • Badge 43
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, shoplifting

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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 Paul John Metzger of the Kettering Police Department, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 3, 2023

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