Deputy Sheriff William H. Farra

Deputy Sheriff William H. Farra

Darke County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, November 29, 1909

William H. Farra

Deputy Sheriff William Farra was shot and killed by a suspect who had just murdered his mother. The deputy and the sheriff had gone to the house to serve a warrant on a man. When they arrived the man shot his mother and threatened the officers. The sheriff returned to town to obtain help and to retrieve a firearm. Deputy Farra was left behind to guard the house to ensure the man didn't leave.

The suspect confronted Deputy Farra and shot him five times, killing him. He then drove to a neighbor's home and shot the couple before committing suicide. The female neighbor that he shot later died of her wounds.

Deputy Farra had served with the Darke County Sheriff's Office for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff William H. Farra of the Darke County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 29, 2017

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