Deputy Sheriff Earl Confer

Deputy Sheriff Earl Confer

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, January 29, 1946

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Earl Confer

Deputy Earl Confer was shot and killed and another deputy was wounded in a gunfight with one of two 21-year-old men while making a traffic stop. The shooter was shot and seriously wounded.

Both suspects were convicted of Deputy Confer's murder and sentenced to life in prison on April 25th, 1946. In 1967 the investigation of the shooting was reopened. On October 13, 1967, a judge ruled that one suspect had nothing to do with the shooting and did nothing to interfere or resist. He had him released from prison the same day.

Deputy Confer had served with the Greene County Sheriff's Office for six years he was survived by his wife and two sons. He is buried at Spring Valley Cemetery, Greene County, Ohio.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Confer,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Crawford County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 29, 2021

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