Constable William H. Kelly

Constable William H. Kelly

Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1888

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William H. Kelly

Constable W.H. Kelly and Deputy Jacob Helbert were shot and killed as they attempted to serve a warrant of habeas corpus on five men. Both officers were fatally shot as they entered a residence that the men were located in. 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 Kelly had served in the Civil war and was survived by his two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable William H. Kelly of the Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 57 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

February 25, 2018

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