Sheriff
Thomas Wooldridge
Dubois County Sheriff's Department
Thursday, May 19, 1842

Age: 45
Served: 7 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 33E, Line 23
Panel L22, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, May 19, 1842

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
West Sixth Street, Jasper
Incident County:
Dubois
Incident Township:
Bainbridge
Weapon Used:
Shotgun
Suspect Info:
Pardoned
Burial Location:
Shiloh Cemetery, Ireland

   Sheriff Thomas Wooldridge was shot and killed in an ambush by a suspect he had previously arrested. As Sheriff Wooldridge walked down a street in Jasper the suspect shot him from an upstairs window.

   The suspect was sentenced to two years in prison, but was later pardoned by a judge that was also a personal friend of the suspects.

   Sheriff Wooldridge was survived by his wife. He is the third known law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana.