Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Sheriff Roy F. Lake County Sheriff's Department, Indiana


Roy F. "Doc" Holley

Lake County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Monday, January 16, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed suicide

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Sheriff Roy Holley was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a farmer who had shot and killed a neighboring farmer in Ross Township.

The neighbor was cutting down a tree and the suspect mistakenly thought the tree was on his property. Sheriff Holley and four deputies entered the man's home and told him he was under arrest. The suspect ran up the stairs with the officers in pursuit. As Sheriff Holley neared the top the man turned and fired a shotgun, striking Sheriff Holley twice.

The deputies grabbed the sheriff and retreated to a back porch. As they attempted to remove him to the vehicle the man came out and opened fire on them a second time, wounding three deputies. The suspect eventually committed suicide after a four-hour shootout with authorities in which four Gary police officers were wounded.

Sheriff Holley had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for four years, having just begun serving his second term as the 31st sheriff of Lake County. He was survived by his wife, who was appointed as sheriff to serve the remainder of her husband's term, and twin 16-year-old daughters. Sheriff Holley's wife was the second female to serve as a sheriff in the state of Indiana. Sheriff Holley is buried in Beaver City Cemetery, Newton County, Indiana.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 7 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

RIP peace Hero! You are not forgotten!

Former Sheriff's Deputy
Marion Co. Sheriff's Dept., Indianapolis, IN
April 26, 2013


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths