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Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe | Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Sheriff

Harry L. Wolfe

Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, January 21, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 29 years

Badge # 801

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to Life

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Sheriff Harry Wolfe was killed while responding to a burglary call.

Sheriff Wolfe was shot while answering a burglar alarm on Robinson Road near Plain City. The dispatcher on duty heard Sheriff Wolfe tell the suspect to come over and then heard the gunshots through the automated alarm system between the house and the sheriff's office.

A 32-year-old suspect was identified through evidence at the scene. The suspect was later found to be in prison on Riker's Island in New York for trying to break into and steal a car. He was arrested under an alias and sat in Riker's Island for most of the summer without anyone learning his true identity. A later check of his fingerprints proved him to be wanted for the murder of a county sheriff. He was extradited to Ohio about a week before Christmas of 1982 and entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He changed his plea to guilty the following summer. He is serving a life sentence at Lucasville Penitentiary. He has a parole hearing in December, 2017.

Sheriff Wolfe had served with the agency for 29 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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he was truly an awesome Sheriff may you R I P Sir. It was always great working with you and your office

retired detective
marion county sheriffs dept
October 20, 2017

 

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