Served 6¾ years
October 6, 1886 to January 10, 1893
On Thursday, January 5, 1893 two men made a call on a woman known to them as Kittie Moore at 87 Longworth Street (just west of Elm Street). Mrs. Charles Hawkins, the homeowner’s wife, advised the men that Miss Moore was not there. The men threatened to shoot everybody in the house. She called for Officer Fisher, the local beatman, but by the time he arrived, the men were gone.
After Officer Fisher left the men came back. One was drunk and pulled out a .41 caliber Colt revolver. He said he was going to have a good time. Mrs. Hawkins ran into the street where she met Patrolman Scott, who was off duty, near his home at 144 Cutter, and in street clothes. She told him of the two men and he followed her to the house.
Inside he tried to pacify the disorderly man, as did the man’s friend. Patrolman Scott identified himself and showed his badge. Then, the disorderly man pulled a badge from his pocket and identified himself as Hamilton Patrolman James Garver. He then agreed to leave.
Outside, and in the alley next store, for an unknown reason, Garver began to struggle with Patrolman Scott. Garver’s revolver discharged wounding Patrolman Scott in the leg. Patrolman Scott yelled, “You’ve shot me!” Patrolman Scott was taken to his home on Cutter where he was expected to recover.
Five days later, about 10 a.m. on January 10, 1893, word arrived at police headquarters that Patrolman Scott was gravely ill. Chief Deitsch, Prosecutor Hertenstein, and Dr. Armstrong responded at once. Upon their arrival they found Patrolman Scott had died.
Patrolman Scott left a wife of three years, Sallie Scott.
Immediately upon Patrolman Scott’s death, Chief Deitsch called and had a warrant issued charging Garver with Murder and had a wire sent to Chief Thomas of Hamilton to that effect. Cincinnati Detective Witte set out by train to pick up Garver. Chief Thomas went to Garver’s home on North B Street, arrested him, and transported him to Hamilton Police headquarters. Detective Witte arrived at 1:40 p.m. and took Garver back with him on the 2:50 train.
On Wednesday, January 11, 1893, Garver was arraigned for Murder, defended by H. L. Morey of Hamilton, and was given a continuance until January 20, 1893. He was eventually indicted, but then that indictment was nulled and he was never prosecuted for the murder..
Chief Deitsch ordered that the Fourth Company of the force, together with its commissioned and non-commissioned officers and the color guard to assemble on Friday, January 13, 1893 at the First District Police Station and attend Patrolman Scott’s funeral. Services were held at the Allen Temple. Pall bearers included Patrolmen Samples, White, Spurlock and Deigle He was buried in the Colored American Cemetery on Duck Creek Road.
Also on January 13, 1893, Coroner Walker reported that the wound was a terrible one owing to the caliber of the bullet, which was found in an outer muscle. A piece of Patrolman Scott’s pants was found in the leg wound causing his death by blood poisoning.
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This narrative was revised May 21, 2012 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President, based almost entirely on research conducted by retired Cincinnati Homicide Detective Edward W. Zieverink III, Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Historian. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.