Constable William H. Kelley

Constable William H. Kelley

Ashland County Constable's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1888

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William H. Kelley

Constable William Kelley and Deputy Constable Jacob Helbert were shot and killed in Mohicanville as they attempted to serve a warrant of habeas corpus on five men who had taken custody of their elderly father during a family dispute regarding his wealth.

Both officers were fatally shot as they entered a residence where the men were located. All five were arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

The shooter, who claimed self-defense, was tried and acquitted. Charges were dismissed against the other four.

Constable Kelley was a Civil War veteran. He was survived by his wife and two children.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

civil, domestic

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable William H. Kelley of the Ashland County Constable's Office, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 25, 2024

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