Lieutenant
Thurman Earl Sharp
Marion County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, December 25, 1988

Age: 55
Served: 22 years, 3 months
Badge #: 67
Panel 44W, Line 10
Panel L5, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, December 25, 1988
08:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
9300 Priority Way West Drive, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
Never apprehended
Burial Place:
Lincoln Memory Gardens, Whitestown

   Lieutenant Thurman Sharp was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Christmas Day while working off-duty security in uniform.

   He was found outside his patrol car with his service weapon holstered by his day-shift relief officer, having been shot three times at point-blank range.

   After being shot, Lieutenant Sharp was dragged to a remote area and left for dead. His patrol car was hidden behind a Dumpster in an area with heavy equipment.

   He worked the late shift Christmas Eve to permit an officer to be home with his family.

   Lieutenant Sharp was survived by his wife, six children ranging from 15 to 38 years in age, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, born a few weeks before his death.

   His brother-in-law, Deputy Chief Gary L. Martin, of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, was killed in the line of duty on August 22, 2006, along with Indiana State Police Lieutenant Gary Dudley.



The responsibilities of the Marion County Sheriff's Department – Law Enforcement Division (1822–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.


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