Sheriff James Shellenbarger

Sheriff James Shellenbarger

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, October 5, 1905

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James Shellenbarger

Sheriff James Shellenbarger was shot as he attempted to arrest a man on a charge of assault with intent to kill. Sheriff Shellenbarger was removed to the hospital, but his condition was too critical to attempt to remove the bullet. When doctors were finally able to remove the bullet they found a massive infection and Sheriff Shellenbarger died as a result of that infection.

The shooter was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 years. On July 2, 1917, he was pardoned by Governor James M. Cox.

Sheriff Shellenbarger had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 31, 1905
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1917

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No passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 5, 2020

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