Served: 19½ years
February 18, 1908 to July 7, 1927
Sixty years to the day after Patrolman Seip was killed during an encounter with a drunk and disorderly reveler, on July 4, 1927 Patrolman Franken responded to a call regarding a man with a gun on Kenyon Avenue. John Rucker, while high on drugs, had armed himself with a shotgun and an automatic pistol and already shot two men and frightened a woman to the point of heart failure and death.
Patrolmen Franken and Sherman Yarion responded and tried to quiet him, but Rucker shot both officers.
Patrolman Franken died three days later on July 7, 1927, at 7:45 a.m. and was buried July 11, 1927, in Saint Joseph Old Cemetery.
The Murderer: Rucker Rucker was convicted of 1st Degree Murder and almost 1½ years after the murders electrocuted on November 30, 1928.
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This narrative was researched and revised on July 4, 2010 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.