Killing Spree Ends Here in 1948

Killing Spree Ends Here in 1948 (HM1B37)

Location: Middle Point, OH 45863 Van Wert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 55.903', W 84° 28.552'

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One of Ohio's greatest manhunts ended here on the morning of July 23, 1948. Robert M. Daniels and John C. West, parolees from the state prison in Mansfield, had gone on a killing spree that left six people dead. Driving west on U.S. Route 224 in a stolen auto transport truck, the pair approached this intersection and encountered a roadblock. It was manned by Van Wert County Sheriff Roy Shaffer, Frank Friemoth, the county game warden, and Sergeant Leonard Conn of the Van Wert city police. West was driving the truck; Daniels was asleep in a car overhead. As Sheriff Shaffer climbed onto the truck and apprehended Daniels, West leaped from the cab and shot Conn in the chest and Friemoth in the arm. Conn returned fire and killed West. The officers survived their wounds. Daniels was convicted, sentenced to die, and electrocuted at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus on January 3, 1949. This marker pays tribute to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect the citizens of their communities.
HM NumberHM1B37
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number2-81
Year Placed1998
Placed ByFraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 62, Van Wert County Historical Society, and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 712512 N 4534244
Decimal Degrees40.93171667, -84.47586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 55.903', W 84° 28.552'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 55' 54.18" N, 84° 28' 33.12" W
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Area Code(s)419
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5001-5275 Township Hwy 155, Middle Point OH 45863, US
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