Officer William T. Osborne EOW: Monday, December 27, 1909 Cause: Gunfire

Officer William Osborne was shot and killed while conducting a burglary surveillance at the Fairfield County Courthouse at approximately 1:00 am.
He was struck in the leg by a shotgun blast.
Officer Osborne had served with the Lancaster Police Department for six years. 


Age 51

Tour 6 years

Badge Not available


Cause Gunfire

Incident Date Thursday, December 23, 1909

Weapon Shotgun

Offender Not available

Patrolman Brett David Markwood EOW: Sunday, February 21, 1993 Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Brett Markwood was shot and killed while chasing a man suspected of robbing a Dairy Mart store. Patrolman Markwood and other officers had been called to the scene and were able to follow footprints that were left in the fresh snow. The officers caught sight of the man and a foot chase ensued.

The suspect rounded the corner of a house at 1019 Second Street and then laid in wait for the first officer. Patrolman Markwood turned the corner and the suspect shot him in the face at close range and then ran past him. The suspect was arrested about 10 minutes later after trying to submerge himself in a nearby creek.

He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in prison on January 31st, 2011.


Age 30

Tour 3 years

Badge 74


Cause Gunfire

Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender Died in prison

Ofc. Randy Lee Bartow - EOW: October 23, 2012

Randy Lee Bartow, age 56 of Logan, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, October 23, 2012 in Lancaster, Ohio.

Born March 20, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late John Leffler and Rachel Kathryn (Hitchings) Bartow.

Randy was a veteran officer of the Lancaster Police Department, and had worked at both the Nelsonville Police Department and Logan Police Department prior to joining the Lancaster force. He had been an adjunct faculty member at Hocking College teaching Law Science. Randy had formerly worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Recourses in the Oil and Reclamation Department. A member of Fraternal Order of Police. He was honored as Officer of the Year in both 1999 and 2002. In 2002, he also received the Ohio House of Representatives Brett Markwood Award. Randy had served in the United States Marine Reserves and the Ohio National Guard.

He is survived by one daughter, April Travis: three brothers, Gary E. (Alice) Bartow of Logan, Ohio, Dale L. (Claudia) Bartow of Marysville, Ohio and James F. (Joan) Bartow of Logan, Ohio. 

Patrolman Marvin Scott Moyer EOW: Friday, May 26, 2017 Cause: Duty related illness

Patrolman Marvin Moyer died as the result of contracting an infectious disease while backing up another officer who was apprehending a resisting subject on February 25th, 1998.

The officer had to break the window to remove the man from his car during a traffic stop as the man attempted to flee near the intersection of Forest Rose Avenue and North Street. Some of glass became embedded in the man's foot, causing lacerations. The man begged Patrolman Moyer to help remove the glass. Patrolman Moyer, who also had a cut on his hand, came in contact with the infected man's blood.

Patrolman Moyer contracted the infectious disease and died as a result on May 26th, 2017.
Patrolman Moyer had served with the Lancaster Police Department for 18 years. 


Age 66

Tour 18 years

Badge 99


Cause Duty related illness

Incident Date Wednesday, February 25, 1998

Weapon Person

Offender Not available

LT. Brian Wayne Lowe - EOW: September 29, 2018

Brian Wayne Lowe, 46, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Brian was born September 19, 1972, in Akron, Ohio and grew up in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Brian served in the US Army where he was a Paratrooper and served during Operation Desert Storm. He earned his Masters Degree from Northwestern University. Brian started his career in law enforcement in McArthur, Ohio. He soon moved to the Lancaster Police Department where he has been a police officer for many years. He enjoyed teaching classes at Hocking College and Ohio University - Lancaster. Brian also had his pilots license and loved to fly.

Brian is survived by his loving wife, Jocelyn Kelly Lowe; 2 children; mother, Linda Lowe; father, Wayne (Marlene) Lowe; and brother, Bradley (Amy) Lowe.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Ellen Sheets; and Joseph Drew, Jr.