Marshal Sherman W. Ricketts

Marshal Sherman W. Ricketts

West Liberty Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, June 29, 1962

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Sherman W. Ricketts

Marshal Ricketts was shot and killed in front of the Presbyterian Church after responding to a call to check a man walking on Reynolds Street at 2:45 a.m. The suspect opened fire as soon as he approached him. Before dying the marshal returned fire hitting the suspect three times.

The suspect, a 25 year old Michigan parole violator, had broken into a nearby residence. He was convicted of Marshal Ricketts' murder and sentenced to life in prison on November 8, 1962. As of 2015, he remains in the Ohio Penitentiary and is Ohio's longest serving inmate. His next parole hearing is in April, 2019.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was 12 years old when this happened but, I have often thought of you, Marshal Ricketts. I later became a Police Officer and have shared your story often.

Dir., Ret. Police Officer

June 29, 2020

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