Detective Otto Mosholder

Detective Otto Mosholder

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, December 10, 1936

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Otto Mosholder

Detective Mosholder succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 19 years earlier when he was shot several times while assisting another officer. He noticed the officer following two men who were pushing a push-cart. As he was approaching the scene to backup the other officer, the other officer began lifting the cover of the push-cart to view its contents. At that point the two suspects both produced revolvers and opened fire on both officers, striking Detective Mosholder several times. Both suspects fled and neither was ever apprehended.

Detective Mosholder was never able to return to work and suffered from several debilitating illnesses as a result of the wounds.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 3, 1917
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Never apprehended

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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 Detective Otto Mosholder of the Cleveland Division of Police, 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

December 10, 2021

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