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 a father and son, ages 53 and 29, 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 29-year-old shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. Census records show he was released at some point between 1910 and 1920. He died in a Rockingham County, New Hampshire, homeless shelter in 1943. His father received a short sentence.

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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Deputy Sheriff Hoffman,
On today, the 120th 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. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 29, 2020

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