Deputy Sheriff George W. Hoffman

Deputy Sheriff George W. Hoffman

Windsor County Sheriff's Office, Vermont

End of Watch Sunday, April 29, 1900

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George W. Hoffman

Deputy Hoffman died of a wound he received when he was shot as he attempted to arrest two men who had escaped from the County Jail. Deputy Hoffman and the Sheriff approached the suspects, who were sitting at a campfire in the woods surrounding the town of Woodstock around 7 a.m. One of the suspects opened fire, striking Deputy Hoffman. Both officers were able to return fire, but both suspects escaped.

Deputy Hoffman was taken to a local home and a doctor was sent for. He died from his wounds two days later.

The suspects were apprehended two weeks later after a shoot-out with deputies and charged with murder. The shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Deputy Hoffman, who served in the U.S. Army Calvary, was survived by his wife.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 27, 1900
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Dr. Hoffman I am honored to be on your family tree. I wish my mother would have been able to know you.

Darlene Doden

June 12, 2019

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