Sheriff Samuel M. Dunfee

Sheriff Samuel M. Dunfee

Belmont County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, August 6, 1926

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Samuel M. Dunfee

Sheriff Sam Dunfee was shot and killed at a garage in Provident during a gun battle with bootleggers.

A gun battle resulted when Sheriff Dunfee and his deputies surprised several men loading liquor into an automobile. Sheriff Dunfee was killed and one of the suspects was shot three times. Eight men were arrested at the scene but only one was charged with his murder.

On September 16th, 1926, the suspect was acquitted when gun experts declared that the bullet that killed Sheriff Dunfee came from a deputy's revolver.

Sheriff Dunfee was survived by his wife and five children. His wife was appointed to succeed him as sheriff.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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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 Sheriff Samuel M. Dunfee of the Belmont County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 6, 2022

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