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Sheriff Jess L. Sarber | Allen County Sheriff's Department, Ohio Allen County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

Sheriff

Jess L. Sarber

Allen County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, October 12, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/12/1933

Weapon: Rifle; Machine gun

Suspect: Executed in 1934

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Sheriff Jess Sarber was shot and killed when several members of the Dillinger Gang attempted to break John Dillinger out of the Allen County Jail. Sheriff Sarber was shot twice and then pistol-whipped.

One of the gang members was convicted of murdering Sheriff Sarber and executed on October 17, 1934.

Sheriff Sarber was survived by his wife. He is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, Allen County Ohio.

Led by John Dillinger, the Dillinger Gang was a notorious group of Midwest bank robbers. Associates of the gang were responsible for the fatal shootings of 13 law enforcement officers in 1933 and 1934.

Two infamous members of the gang, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, were shot and killed by law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

The other gang members were either murdered by criminals, shot and killed by law enforcement officers, executed for their crimes, or sentenced to time in prison.

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The Honorable Sheriff Jess L. Sarber was an uncle of my mother, Audrey Alice Kohler Hahn of Wapakoneta, Ohio. She remembered him as a wonder family man, as well as a marvelous law enforcement officer. God bless Sheriff Sarber and his family.

John F. Hahn, Son of Audrey Kohler Hahn
Son of the late Audrey Kohler and Robert B. Hahn of Spencerville, Ohio
February 14, 2013

 

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