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Officer William E. Gruber
Jacksonville Police Department
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: April 28, 1897
Location of Incident: Phelps Street and Liberty Street
Weapon Used: Blunt Object
Suspect Info: Unknown

The exact circumstances surrounding the death of Officer Gruber are unknown.  Officer Gruber was found deceased in a wooded area by a local citizen.  Officer Gruber was struck in the head, crushing his skull, by a blunt object.

It has been said that Officer Gruber was investigating a homicide at the time of his death.  Additionally, due to his witness account that was forthcoming in court, he may have been killed by an individual involved in the homicide.

Officer Gruber’s assailant was never found.

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