Sheriff
William VanCamp
Franklin County Sheriff's Department
Monday, August 20, 1923

Age: 34
Served: 2 years, 7 months
Badge #:
Panel 23W - Line 2
Panel L32, Line 11

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, August 20, 1923
01:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Lovers Road south of Sleepy Hollow Road
Incident County:
Franklin
Incident Township:
Springfield
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Died while in custory
• Charged
Burial Place:
Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville

   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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United States Army
World War I



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