Sheriff Abram L. Kulp

Sheriff Abram L. Kulp

Bucks County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, February 24, 1927

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Abram L. Kulp

Sheriff Abram Kulp was shot and killed while serving a peace bond and escorting a woman to her home on Durham Road, in South Langhorne, to remove her belongings. The woman's ex-husband showed up and opened fire with a .32 caliber handgun, killing the woman, mortally wounding Sheriff Kulp, and injuring the woman's father.

Sheriff Kulp was transported to a local hospital before being returned to his residence at the county jail. He died a short time later.

The suspect fled to New Jersey where he attempted to commit suicide. He survived the suicide attempt, was arrested, and returned to Bucks County. While awaiting trial he hung himself in his jail cell.

Sheriff Kulp was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, February 23, 1927
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

domestic, civil papers

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My daughter, MaryEllen Kelly is currently a Bucks County, PA Deputy Sheriff (Badge#82). She recently completed the 2019 Police Unity Bike Ride to Washington, DC. She rode for Sheriff Kulp and has a bracelet to remember and reflect his sacrifice.

She is proud to be able to have accomplished such a fete and to sacrifice for those no longer here.

Having 2 daughters in law enforcement, especially these days, can give parents pause. I love my girls and know that both of them would not wanted to be anything else in the world! That says volumes about their personalities. God bless EVERY person that put on the uniform and for the sacrifices that may fall on anyone.

MaryAnn Garrett

May 14, 2019

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