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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable William H. Kelly of the Ashland County Constable's Office, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

February 26, 2022

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