Patrolman Dan Sandlin

Patrolman Dan Sandlin

Middletown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 21, 1930

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Dan Sandlin

Patrolman Sandlin was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious vehicle.

One of the men attempted to flee on foot after he was ordered out of the vehicle. The man shot Patrolman Sandlin four times when the officer grabbed him. The vehicle was loaded with illegal whiskey.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of Patrolman Sandlin's murder, and sentenced to 15 to 20 years on December 16, 1930.

Patrolman Sandlin was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 to 20 years

foot pursuit, suspicious vehicle, vehicle stop

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Dan Sandlin of the Middletown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 21, 2023

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