Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe

Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe

Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 21, 1982

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Harry L. Wolfe

Sheriff Harry Wolfe was killed while responding to a burglary in progress.

Sheriff Wolfe was shot while answering a burglar alarm at 14223 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 man was later found to be in prison on Riker's Island in New York for trying to 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 Sheriff Wolfe. He was extradited to Ohio in December 1982 and entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He changed his plea to guilty the following summer and was sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison in February 2020.

Sheriff Wolfe had served with the Union County Sheriff's Office 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 Died in prison


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Sheriff Wolfe,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe as a member of 30th “Old Hickory” Infantry Division fighting the Germans during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 21, 2022

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