Constable William H. Kelly

Constable William H. Kelly

Ashland County Constable's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 26, 1888

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William H. Kelly

Constable William Kelly 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 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 was a Civil War veteran. He was survived by his two children.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 25, 1888
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

civil, domestic

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Rest in peace and always know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and heroic sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 25, 2021

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