Sheriff
William VanCamp
Franklin County Sheriff's Department
Monday, August 20, 1923

Age: 34
Served: 2 years, 7 months
Badge #:
Panel 23W - Line 2
Panel L32, Line 11

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, August 20, 1923
01:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Lovers Road south of Sleepy Hollow Road
Incident County:
Franklin
Incident Township:
Springfield
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Died while in custody
• Charged
Burial Place:
Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville

   Sheriff William VanCamp was shot and killed while investigating two suspicious men near Schultz woods northwest of Mount Carmel.

   A farmer had reported the men were sitting in a vehicle and when Sheriff VanCamp went to investigate, he was shot before the suspects fled the area heading east.

   On September 4, they robbed the Farmers National Bank in Greenville, Ohio.

   State authorities refused to extradite both offenders, a 25-year-old who had previously been a Springfield police officer and a 36-year-old, who were each later sentenced for armed robbery to 25 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.

   In 1939, Indiana was not notified of their release but were indicted for murder in Franklin County. One suspect was apprehended in Springfield, Ohio, while the other suspect was wounded during his arrest in Wheeling, West Virginia and died while in custody in the county jail after they were returned to the state.

   Sheriff VanCamp was in his second term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife, brother and sister.

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United States Army
World War I



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