Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe

Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe

Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 21, 1982

Harry L. Wolfe

Sheriff Harry Wolfe was killed while responding to a burglary call.

Sheriff Wolfe was shot while answering a burglar alarm on Robinson Road near Plain City. The dispatcher on duty heard Sheriff Wolfe tell the suspect to come over and then heard the gunshots through the automated alarm system between the house and the sheriff's office.

A 32-year-old suspect was identified through evidence at the scene. The suspect was later found to be in prison on Riker's Island in New York for trying to break into and steal a car. He was arrested under an alias and sat in Riker's Island for most of the summer without anyone learning his true identity. A later check of his fingerprints proved him to be wanted for the murder of a county sheriff. He was extradited to Ohio about a week before Christmas of 1982 and entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He changed his plea to guilty the following summer. He is serving a life sentence at Lucasville Penitentiary. He has a parole hearing in December, 2017.

Sheriff Wolfe had served with the agency for 29 years and was elected sheriff in 1974. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 801
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to Life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe of the Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 21, 2018

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