Mosholder, Patrolman Otto

Policeman Profile

END OF WATCH: December 10, 1936
Cleveland Police Department

On February 3, 1917, Officer Otto Mosholder was making a routine call at East 22nd and Woodland when he noticed, Patrolman Stewart following two men with a push cart turning into Decatur Court. Patrolman Stewart was talking to the men and began to take the cover off the cart to inspect the contents when the men suddenly pulled revolvers and fired at both patrolmen.

Officer Mosholder was wounded and Patrolman Stewart escaped unharmed. Both suspects vanished without a trace. Officer Mosholder was unable to return to work and after a lingering and debilitating illness, died as a result of an infection in his wound on December 10, 1936.

Unfortunately, neither assailant was ever found.

Otto Mosholder’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. panel 45, west wall, line 15.

By P.O. Thomas Armelli & Det. James T. Farmer Cleveland Police Dept.