Patrolman Sanford Stanley, Jr.

Patrolman Sanford Stanley, Jr.

Coshocton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, July 19, 1976

Sanford Stanley, Jr.

Patrolman Sanford Stanley was shot and killed by a man he had given a warning during a traffic stop.

It was never determined what prompted the suspect to drive up and start firing, but Patrolman Stanley had seen the suspect hit a bridge abutment earlier in the evening of July 19, 1976, and let him go with a warning.

After the warning, the suspect went to his house, grabbed three guns, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 Magnum revolver and a .22-250 rifle, filled a bag with extra ammunition and went looking for Patrolman Stanley.

Patrolman Stanley had returned to the police station and was standing in a back room when the suspect walked through an unlocked side door, strolled up to the officer and shot him with the shotgun.

Patrolman Stanley made his way through the station to the front, but the suspect chased him and shot him again with the revolver.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Stanley's murder and was denied parole for the fourth time in 2006. He is eligible for parole again in 2016.

Patrolman Stanley had served with the agency for 17 years and is survived by his four daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Eligible for parole in 2016

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Sanford Stanley, Jr. Of the Coshocton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 19, 2018

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