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Sheriff William VanCamp was shot and killed while investigating two suspicious men near Schultz woods northwest of Mount Carmel.
A farmer had reported the men were sitting in a vehicle and when Sheriff VanCamp went to investigate, he was shot before the suspects fled the area heading east.
Some time later, they robbed a bank in Greenfield, Ohio. One suspect was captured in Springfield, Ohio, while the other suspect was wounded during his apprehension in Wheeling, West Virginia. Both men were each sentenced to 15 years in an Ohio prison.
Upon their release in 1939, Ohio authorities refused to extradite one offender. The other offender, who was wounded during his apprehension, was extradited and died while in custody in the Franklin County Jail.
Sheriff VanCamp was in his second term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife, brother and sister.
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