Deputy Sheriff Joseph Z. Moore

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Z. Moore

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 11, 1983

Joseph Z. Moore

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Moore and his wife, Lieutenant Sharon Moore, were shot and killed in Reynoldsburg after being chased from their home by her ex-husband, who had been stalking Lieutenant Moore over an ongoing custody dispute.

Both deputies were leaving their home, in uniform, on their way to work when the subject began chasing them in their vehicle while shooting at them. As Deputy Moore drove towards the Reynoldsburg police station a Reynoldsburg police officer who was running radar began to pursue the vehicles. Deputy Moore stopped his vehicle in a parking lot at 6109 East Main Street where he and the Reynoldsburg officer exchanged shots with the subject.

Deputy Moore and Lieutenant Moore both sustained fatal gunshot wounds before the man re-entered his own car and committed suicide.

Lieutenant Moore succumbed to her injuries three weeks after the incident.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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33 years ago today we lost one of our own in the line of duty.

Deputy Joseph Moore and his wife, Lieutenant Sharon Moore were shot while on their drive into work on April 11, 1983. Lieutenant Moore's ex-husband began firing at them with a shotgun while chasing their vehicle. Both were wounded and could not take action to save their lives. After their vehicle stopped in a parking lot the suspect approached them firing his weapon. Deputy Moore was killed instantly upon the second encounter with the gunman. Lt. Moore succumbed to her injuries on May 5, 1983.

The suspect was shot and killed by a responding officer.

As we all work our shift today please take the time to remember Deputy Moore and Lt. Moore as “Our Heroes” who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the their fellow deputies and the citizens of Franklin County.

Chief Jim Gilbert
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Bureau
1945 Frebis Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43206
Office (614)525-3300
Fax (614)525-3371

Be Safe!

Chief Jim Gilbert
Franklin County SO

April 11, 2016

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