Patrolman Harold Mosbrugger

Patrolman Harold Mosbrugger

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, June 9, 1921

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Harold Mosbrugger

Patrolman Harold Mosbrugger and Patrolman Harry Dowell were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man threatening his landlady.

The suspects' landlady and her son had called in the complaint when the man threatened to kill them after receiving an eviction notice. The man shot Patrolman Mosbrugger when he made entry into the man's room. The man then holed up in his attic and engaged in a shootout with officers.

When Patrolman Dowell arrived with the backup units he was shot and killed dismounting his motorcycle. The gunman had the officers' pinned and they were unable to assist Patrolman Dowell who lay injured in the street.

After an hour the officers fired a machine gun from the house across the street, striking the suspect three times. The gunman retreated from the window and was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Harold Mosbrugger of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 10, 2018

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