Deputy Sheriff George V. Darnell

Deputy Sheriff George V. Darnell

Warren County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, December 7, 1981

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George V. Darnell

Deputy George Darnell was shot and killed when he interrupted several suspects stealing fuel at a service facility on U.S. 67 near Monmouth.

The suspects were loading fuel into their own tanker truck from the service facility tanks. As Deputy Darnell attempted to arrest the suspects he was ambushed by one of them and shot in the head and chest several times.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Darnell's murder and sentenced to 70 years in prison. His projected parole date is October 8, 2017.

Deputy Darnell had served with the Warren County Sheriff's Department for 11 years.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge WR-8

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 70 years

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Every time I pass this spot, I think of George.
And Gary.
And Bill
And so many others

ISP, DC I retired

December 7, 2018

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