Sheriff James Shellenbarger

Sheriff James Shellenbarger

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, October 5, 1905

James Shellenbarger

Sheriff James Shellenbarger was shot as he attempted to arrest a man on a charge of assault with intent to kill. Sheriff Shellenbarger was removed to the hospital, but his condition was too critical to attempt to remove the bullet. When doctors were finally able to remove the bullet they found a massive infection and Sheriff Shellenbarger died as a result of that infection. The shooter was convicted and sent to prison.

Sheriff Shellenbarger had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 31, 1905
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted

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Sheriff Shellenbarger was survived by his wife, Eliza Jane (Mowery) Shellenbarger (1860-1954) and two sons Virgil Walter Shellenbarger (1895-1918) and Arthur J Shellenbarger (1888-1937). He and his family are buried at Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Clinton Township, Knox County, OH.

Carole Bannes
Knox County Genealogy Researcher

November 25, 2017

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