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Village of McConnelsville Line of Duty Death


Town Marshal Horace Porter was shot
and killed on Main Street by a man who
walked up from behind and shot him in
the back four times.

The suspect, known to be peculiar and
mentally unbalanced, was also thought to
be harmless. When arrested he refused
to make a statement. On November 29,
1905, he was found not guilty of Marshal
Porter's murder by reason of insanity,
and committed at the state mental
hospital.

Marshal Porter had served as the town
marshal for 8 years. He was survived by
his wife, four children, and five siblings.
Horace Greely Porter
Town Marshal
McConnelsville Police
Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday,
September 7, 1905
Bio & Incident Details
Age:
52
Tour:
8 years
Badge #:
Not available
Cause:
Gunfire
Incident Date:
9/7/1905
Weapon:
Handgun; .32 caliber
Suspect:
Committed
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Somebody killed a policeman today
and a part of America died.

A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.

Deputy Sheriff Harry Koch
Maricopa AZ County Sheriff, Retired