Lieutenant Thurman Earl Sharp

Lieutenant Thurman Earl Sharp

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 1988

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Thurman Earl Sharp

Lieutenant Thurman Sharp was shot and killed while checking several buildings on foot in the early morning hours of Christmas Day while working a second employment job.

It is believed that he interrupted a burglary of a gun store that was adjacent to the property he was patrolling at 9300 Priority Way West Drive. After being shot, Lieutenant Sharp was dragged to a remote entrance of a building and left for dead. His patrol car was then hidden behind a dumpster in an area with heavy equipment. He was found by his relief officer who was to work the day shift.

Lieutenant Sharp had worked the late shift on Christmas Eve to allow another officer to be home with his family.

Lieutenant Sharp had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. His brother-in-law, Deputy Chief Gary L. Martin, of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, was killed in the line of duty on August 22nd, 2006, along with Indiana State Police Lieutenant Gary Dudley.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 67

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never solved

burglary, secondary employment

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I was there that cold Christmas morning and sadly stood by the lifeless body of Lt. Thurman Sharpe. He always looked the same anytime you saw him. Uniform sharp & neat, buttons and brass shinning and everything in places. He was proud of being and representing the Sheriff.
For 32 Years mow, I have gone over and over of what we found and what we thought but never could prove, wishing I could go back in time and do more. Like Monday morning quarterbacking.
This case will never end till we close the case with an arrest or factual evidence found of who was responsible for this Murder.
Luckily now my son Lt Kerry Buckner,IMPD is looking and working cold cases. I pray that new information arrises which will lead to new avenues in the investigator that will bring closure.
I'll never forget,!

Capt. Norman Buckner

May 11, 2020

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