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:
North of Mount Carmel
Incident County:
Franklin
Incident Township:
Springfield
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
No charges filed
Burial Place:
Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville

   Sheriff William VanCamp was shot and killed while investigating two suspicious men in a wooded area north 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 and the other suspect was wounded during his apprehension in Wheeling, West Virginia. Both men were each sentenced to 15 years in an Ohio prison.

   Sheriff VanCamp was in his second term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife, brother and sister.

Military Service


United States Army
World War I



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