Constable William H. Kelly

Constable William H. Kelly

Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1888

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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Constable Kelly,
On today, the 128th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during the Civil War.


United States Border Patrol

February 25, 2016

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