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Deputy Sheriff Green Willis | Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff

Green Willis

Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 23, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/8/1928

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One sentenced to life; one killed

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Sheriff's Deputies Willis and John H. Bending 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 Willis was shot in the neck during an exchange of gunfire. Deputy Willis did not return to work. His health deteriorated until his death. The death certificate verifies the cause of death was a direct result of the gunshot injury to the neck that Deputy Willis received in 1928. Deputy Bending was shot in the head, and killed instantly.

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

Deputy Willis had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife and child.

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Deputy Sheriff John Henry Bending
Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
End of Watch: Sunday, April 8, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Sheriff Willis,
On today, the 89th 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. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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