Marshal John T. Van Doren

Marshal John T. Van Doren

Wilmington Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 8, 1884

John T. Van Doren

Marshal John Van Doren was shot and killed while attempting to calm an intoxicated man who was causing a disturbance.

The suspect began to fight and knocked Marshal Van Doren to the ground. As the marshal attempted to get up, the suspect shot him in the head with a revolver. A second officer held the suspect there until other officers arrived and arrested him.

He was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Marshal Van Doren had served with the Wilmington Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 73
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Guilty of manslaughter


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Marshal John T. Van Doren of the Wilmington Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 8, 2018

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