Guard Urban Wilford

Guard Urban Wilford

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, November 3, 1926

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Urban Wilford

Guard Urban Wilford was shot and killed at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield during an escape attempt.

A former prisoner, who was out on parole, returned to the prison and shot Guard Wilford at the West Gate in an attempt to break out a friend.

The suspect was arrested two months later. He was convicted of Guard Wilford's murder and executed in the electric chair in 1927.

Guard Wilford had served with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and had previously served as a police officer in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, from 1876 until 1883 when he immigrated to the United States. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 72
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 2, 1926
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1927

escape attempt, parolee

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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 Guard Urban Wilford of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 3, 2023

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