Deputy Sheriff Ralph A. Harshe

Deputy Sheriff Ralph A. Harshe

Allen County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, September 2, 1936

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Ralph A. Harshe

Deputy Sheriff Ralph Harshe was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance between a married woman and a single man.

Deputy Harshe was shot upon entering the home. The suspect then murdered the woman before committing suicide.

Deputy Harshe had served with the Allen County Sheriff's Department for just under 2 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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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 Deputy Sheriff Ralph A. Harshe of the Allen County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 81 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 2, 2023

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