Martin Roth

End of Watch: Monday, October 29, 1877

Biographical Info

Age: Not available

Tour of Duty: Not available

Rank: Patrolman

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Tetanus

Date of Incident: October 22, 1877

Incident Location: Clay Street, near Ohio River

Weapon Used: Rock

Case Status: Closed

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Patrolman Martin Roth succumbed to injuries sustained one (1) week earlier when he was assaulted by a subject he was attempting to arrest for being drunk in public near the foot of Clay Street, near the Ohio River.

During the arrest, the subject struck Patrolman Roth in the head with a rock, causing severe lacerations. Patrolman Roth developed tetanus as a result of the wounds and died on October 29, 1877.

The subject who murdered him was acquitted of manslaughter.

Patrolman Roth is survived by his wife, son, and two (2) daughters.

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