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Marshal John Albert Dean | New Athens Police Department, Ohio New Athens Police Department, Ohio


John Albert Dean

New Athens Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, May 15, 1924

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Age: 65

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/10/1924

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to 15 years

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Marshal John Dean was shot and mortally wounded and Deputy Marshal Forrest Sparrow was shot and killed as they attempted to search a home for illegal liquor. The home owner opened fire with a shotgun as the officers forced their way into his home after he refused to open the door. Marshal Dean was taken to a hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he died five days later.

The suspect said he thought the officers were robbers. He was convicted of two counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in the Ohio Penitentiary.

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Deputy Marshal Forrest E. Sparrow
New Athens Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Saturday, May 10, 1924
Cause: Gunfire

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 15, 2015


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