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Marshal John T. Van Doren | Wilmington Police Department, Ohio Wilmington Police Department, Ohio


John T. Van Doren

Wilmington Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, March 8, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 73

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Guilty of manslaughter

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Marshal John Van Doren was shot and killed while attempting to calm an intoxicated man who was causing a disturbance.

The suspect began to fight and knocked Marshal Van Doren to the ground. As the marshal attempted to get up the suspect shot him in the head with a revolver. A second officer held the suspect there until other officers arrived and arrested him.

He was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Marshal Van Doren had served with the Wilmington Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
March 8, 2010


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