Served: 26 years
1902 to July 18, 1928
On March 19, 1927, just before midnight, Patrolman McChesney responded to a report of a man shooting out street lights on Fifteenth Avenue. Upon arrival, he found 23-year-old Mem White. As he approached, White pulled a firearm from his coat and shot Patrolman McChesney.
Patrolman McChesney was taken to the hospital and White was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Kill.
Patrolman McChesney recovered well enough to return to limited duty as a desk officer. On July 15, 1927, White pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten to twenty years in prison.
Sixteen months after being shot, on July 17, 1928, Patrolman McChensney was rushed back to Middletown Hospital with an obstructed bowel caused by the gunshot wound to the diaphragm. He died the next day, July 18, 1928, while undergoing surgery. We know of only 7 line of deaths of Middletown Police Officers during the 20th Century and 5 died during Prohibition.
Patrolman McChesney’s mother, Mary Elizabeth McChesney (80), was also taken to the hospital on July 17. She died at 3 p.m. on July 22, 1928, 24 hours after his burial and attributed in part by the coroner to the death of her son.
In addition to his mother, Patrolman McChesney was survived by his wife (56), Laura Elizabeth McChesney, and seven children, including, Zella (27), Helen F. (28), Laura E. (24), Margaret E. (21), George (19), and Mary (18). He was buried on in Woodside Cemetery.
The prosecutor determined that White could not be charged with Murder due to his Constitutional right prohibiting double jeopardy.
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This narrative was revised March 13, 2011 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer, Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.