The Cleveland Police Museum is honored to tell the stories of our Fallen Officers on the anniversaries of the End of Watch.
Patrol Officer Carl Sherman was appointed on October 16, 1920 and assigned to the Ninth Precinct Station. Sherman was honored for acts of Exceptional Bravery in rescuing the lives of 25 people during a building fire.
On March 6, 1929, Officer Sherman and his partner, Sergeant Hoffman, were dispatched to Jennings Road to investigate a suspicious car possibly connected with an earlier robbery. As the approached the vehicle, the two suspects attempted to drive off. Hoffman jumped onto the running board and pulled one suspect from the car. As Sherman disarmed this suspect, the driver exited the vehicle and shot Sherman 3 times. Officer Sherman was wounded in the left chest, the arm, and back.
The suspects also shot Hoffman, who returned fire as they sped away. Additional police soon arrived, transporting Sherman to the hospital where doctors began emergency surgery, to no avail. The largest manhunt to date was launched and the two suspects were arrested and prosecuted.
Officer Sherman was survived by his wife Mae, father Otto C., brother Bernard and sister Leona Schultz. Services were held as the residence of his aunt at 2179 West 101st Street and he was laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery.