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Patrolman Sanford Stanley, Jr. | Coshocton Police Department, Ohio Coshocton Police Department, Ohio


Sanford Stanley, Jr.

Coshocton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, July 19, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Eligible for parole in 2016

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Patrolman Sanford Stanley was shot and killed by a man he had given a warning during a traffic stop.

It was never determined what prompted the suspect to drive up and start firing, but Patrolman Stanley had seen the suspect hit a bridge abutment earlier in the evening of July 19, 1976, and let him go with a warning.

After the warning, the suspect went to his house, grabbed three guns, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 Magnum revolver and a .22-250 rifle, filled a bag with extra ammunition and went looking for Patrolman Stanley.

Patrolman Stanley had returned to the police station and was standing in a back room when the suspect walked through an unlocked side door, strolled up to the officer and shot him with the shotgun.

Patrolman Stanley made his way through the station to the front, but the suspect chased him and shot him again with the revolver.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Stanley's murder and was denied parole for the fourth time in 2006. He is eligible for parole again in 2016.

Patrolman Stanley had served with the agency for 17 years and is survived by his four daughters.

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