Detective Chief Clarence E. Karrick | L&N Railroad Detectives

Age: 56
Served: 16 years
1914 to March 24, 1930


Chief Karrick, formerly a Covington Police Lieutenant, and other railroad detectives had been investigating tramps carrying whiskey in five gallon cans on freight trains. Though he ordinarily did not participate in actual operations, one of his men had taken off sick, so he went out to take his place on the night of March 23, 1930.

As best as can be determined, Chief Karrick found his quarry about 3 a.m. on the morning of March 24, 1930 north of the Coleman Station between DeCoursey and Spring Lake. During an exchange of gunfire, he fired his revolver four times in the exchange before someone came up from behind him and shot him in the head behind the left ear.

At 6 a.m., his body was found on the railroad tracks with his revolver next to him.

Chief Karrick left a wife, Sallie, and two children William and Dorthey. His funeral services were held at the Latonia Christian Church.

Six men were arrested off a train 200 miles south, but we have no information as to whether the investigation produced a charge.

This officer’s death was re-discovered by retired SORTA Superintendent Philip Lind, Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Registrar, in the Museum’s archives.

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This narrative was researched and created March 17, 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.