Deputy Sheriff Fred Certain

Deputy Sheriff Fred Certain

Grant County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1928

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Fred Certain

Deputy Sheriff Fred Certain succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four days earlier while attempting to arrest to the man who had murdered Grant County Constable Frank Ury earlier in the day.

Constable Ury was attempting to serve a subpoena on a man for non-payment of rent when he was shot and killed. The subject then barricaded himself inside of his home and opened fire on responding deputies, fatally wounding Deputy Certain.

The 67-year-old retired doctor, who pleaded insanity, was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison on December 6, 1942.

Deputy Certain had served with the Grant County Sheriff's Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, September 14, 1928
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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