Sheriff George P. Kellum

Sheriff George P. Kellum

Brown County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, October 9, 1925

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George P. Kellum

Sheriff George Kellum was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to jail.

He had just arrested the man for possessing five gallons of illegal whiskey in his car. During the drive to the jail, the man pulled out a concealed handgun and shot Sheriff Kellum.

The 23-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. On November 12, 1968, he was informed that he was eligible for parole.

Sheriff Kellum had served with the Brown County Sheriff's Department for ten months.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sheriff George P. Kellum of the Brown County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 75 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 9, 2023

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