Ptl. Robert B. Woodall, a three year veteran of the Oberlin Police Department, was working the midnight shift and was last seen at approximately 4:30am. The other officers working became concerned when Ptl. Woodall failed to respond to radio calls and began a search for his location. At approximately 6:23am, officers located Ptl. Woodall’s cruiser which had left the roadway on East Hamilton Street near Parsons Road and sustained heavy damage after striking a tree. Ptl. Woodall was located inside the vehicle deceased.
End of watch: March 10, 1971
Constable Franklin Stone succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on May 12th, 1881, after a foot pursuit of a subject whom he was attempting to arrest at approximately 7:00 pm. He had arrested a man the previous day in an attempt to serve an assault warrant. The man initially cooperating with Constable Stone and agreed to accompany him to the police station, but then hesitated as they passed a blacksmith shop where his father and brother were working. The family members exited the shop and attacked Constable Stone, allowing the prisoner to escape. Constable Stone swore out warrants for the father and brother and then attempted to serve them the following day. As he attempted to arrest the brother, the man fled on foot with Constable Stone firing at him as he gave chase. One of the rounds wounded the man, who ran to his home at 26 Mechanic Street (modern day Locust Street). As Constable Stone reached the home the man’s father stood in the doorway and shot him in the chest with a rifle, causing a serious wound. Constable Stone was taken to his home where he remained until passing away on June 4th, 1881.
End of watch: June 4, 1881