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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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