Lieutenant Thurman Earl Sharp

Lieutenant Thurman Earl Sharp

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 1988

Thurman Earl Sharp

Lieutenant Thurman Sharp was shot and killed when he was outside of his patrol car on foot checking on buildings in the early morning hours of Christmas Day while working part time, but in uniform. After being shot, Lieutenant Sharp was dragged to a remote entrance of a building and left for dead. His patrol car was then hid behind a Dumpster and parked in an area with heavy equipment. He was found by his relief officer who was to work the day shift.

Lieutenant Sharp had worked the late shift Christmas Eve to permit another officer to be home with his family.

Lieutenant Sharp had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. 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.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 67

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never solved

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I first met Lt. Sharp in the summer of 1976 while serving as a Deputy Sheriff, Badge #585 with the Marion County Sheriff's Department. Later, I worked for Lt. Sharp, where he served as the 2nd Shift Commander of the Jail Division. He was always professional, friendly, fair and helpful to all. Lt. Sharp was very proud of being a member of the MCSD and the Law Enforcement Profession.

My condolences to his Family and loved ones.

May He Rest In Peace.

Deputy Scott Goodman (1976 -1980)
Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indianapolis, Indiana

January 20, 2018

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