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Deputy Sheriff John Henry Bending | Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

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John Henry Bending

Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, April 8, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One sentenced to life; one killed

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Sheriff's Deputies Bending and Green Willis responded to a battery call where two suspects were wanted for stabbing another citizen because he refused to buy them whiskey. When the deputies arrived on the scene, they failed to hear warnings from another deputy that both suspects were armed. Both deputies were ambushed before they could get out of their car. Deputy Bending was shot in the head, and killed instantly. Deputy Willis was shot in the abdomen and died three years later from the injuries he sustained in this incident.

Other officers returned fire killing one suspect and wounding the other. That suspect was convicted of Deputy Bending's murder and sentenced to life in prison on May 17, 1928.

Deputy Bending had been with the agency for five years and is survived by his wife.

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Deputy Sheriff Green Willis
Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 23, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Sheriff Bending,
On today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Scioto County.


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April 8, 2013


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