Served: 16½ years
February 10, 1908 to July 9, 1924
On June 29, 1924, Detective Tekulve, of 737 Delta Avenue, and another officer attempted to arrest Henry Brown (45) who was terrorizing citizens with a revolver. Brown fired on the officers, striking Detective Tekulve in the jaw and neck. Detective Tekulve was rushed to the General Hospital. Brown was arrested.
Ten days later, on July 9, 1924, at 4:15 p.m., Detective Tekulve died from hemorrhage and sepsis resulting from the wounds.
Detective Tekulve was predeceased by his first wife, Magdaline Tekulve, in 1922. He was survived by his second wife, Alice Tekulve, and three children; William T. Tekulve (25), Stella E. Bertelsman (21), and Ralph R. Tekulve (18). He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, on July 12, 1924, at 11 a.m.
Brown was charged with and convicted of 1st Degree Murder. Ohio law had been revised to remove from the discretion of the judge and jury the option of substituting a prison sentence for a death penalty for the killing of a police officer. Brown was electrocuted on February 20, 1925; less than six months after the murder.
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This narrative was revised June 27, 2011 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.