Robert E McGalin

End of Watch: Sunday, August 25, 1929

Biographical Info

Age: 52

Tour of Duty: 9 years, 10 months

Rank: Patrolman

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Date of Incident: August 25, 1929

Incident Location: Woods Alley between 9th Street and 10th Street

Weapon Used: Handgun, .32 caliber

Case Status: Closed

Robert McGalin


Patrolman McGalin was shot and killed after he and his partner were flagged down by a citizen who had just seen a suspect who had held him up earlier. As the citizen pointed out the suspect, the officers observed the suspect throw an object between two (2) houses. Patrolman McGalin's partner went to investigate, leaving Patrolman McGalin with the citizen. At some point while Patrolman McGalin was alone with the citizen, the suspect approached, shot, and killed Patrolman McGalin in Woods Alley between 9th and 10th Streets.

The suspect was captured two (2) days later in Dayton, Ohio. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman McGalin had served with the department for almost ten (10) years. He is survived by his wife, two (2) sons, a daughter, two (2) brothers, and two (2) sisters.

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