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.