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Sheriff Samuel M. Dunfee | Belmont County Sheriff's Department, Ohio Belmont County Sheriff's Department, Ohio


Samuel M. Dunfee

Belmont County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, August 6, 1926

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Age: 44

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Sheriff Sam Dunfee was shot and killed at a garage in Provident during a gun battle with bootleggers.

A gun battle resulted when Sheriff Dunfee and his deputies surprised several men loading liquor into an automobile. Sheriff Dunfee was killed and one of the suspects was shot three times. Eight men were arrested at the scene but only one was charged with his murder.

On September 16th, 1926, the suspect was acquitted when gun experts declared that the bullet that killed Sheriff Dunfee came from a deputy's revolver.

Sheriff Dunfee was survived by his wife and five children. His wife was appointed to succeed him as sheriff.

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Sheriff Dunfee,
On today, the 87th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Belmont County.


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August 7, 2013


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