Marion Francis 'Pete' Cunningham
Lawrenceburg Police Department
Tuesday, September 20, 1938

Age: 43
Served: 3 years
Badge #:
Panel 19W, Line 20
Panel L17, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, September 10, 1938

Incident to Death Duration:
10 days
Incident Location:
200 block of West Eads Parkway (U.S. 50), Lawrenceburg
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.22-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Paroled in 1953
Burial Place:
Greendale Cemetery, Greendale

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   Patrolman Marion Cunningham was shot and killed by an intoxicated suspect whom he encountered earlier in the evening. He took the man home and informed him he would be arrested if he was seen again.

   As he continued his patrol he encountered the subject sitting on the steps of Fire Company #2. As he approached, the man suddenly pulled a handgun and opened fire. Patrolman Cunningham was taken to Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he died ten days later.

   The 28-year-old suspect was convicted of murder by a jury and sentenced to life in prison. In 1953, he was granted parole by Governor George N. Craig.

   Patrolman Cunningham was survived by his wife.

Military Service

United States Army
World War I
Private (PVT) ▪ 1918–1919

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