Officer Down

Brandy L. Winfield
Deputy – Marion County SO
EOW: 10-14-2004

Deputy Winfield was shot and killed after being dispatched to check on a disabled vehicle on State Route 423. After responding to the call, Deputy Winfield encountered two men walking along the road and made contact with them. No further radio contact was made with dispatchers.

A short time later, Deputy Winfield was found shot in his patrol car which was upside down in a ravine along the roadway. Deputy Winfield was transported to a local hospital where he died. The original vehicle was located a short time later off of Route 23 near Delaware following a massive manhunt. Two suspects were apprehended later in the week and were charged with aggravated murder. One of the suspect was sentenced to 2 years probation for obstruction of justice. The shooter was convicted and sentenced to 40 years to life. Deputy Winfield had served with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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William R. Bender
Trooper – Ohio State Patrol Trooper
EOW: 11-20-1982

Bender succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier when he was struck by a tractor trailer while directing traffic at a construction site at US Route 23 and State Route 53 in Wyandot County. He was assigned to the Marion Post at the time of the incident. Trooper Bender’s father, Deputy William J. Bender, was killed in an on duty automobile accident on July 2, 1973, while serving with the Marion County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department.

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William J. Bender
Deputy – Marion County SO
EOW: 7-23-1973

Deputy Bender was killed in an automobile accident while en route to setup a roadblock at Highway 37 and Highway 309. The roadblock was being setup as a result of an escape from a nearby jail. Deputy Bender was survived by his wife, daughter, and son. His son, Trooper William R. Bender, was struck and killed in the line of duty on November 20, 1982, while serving with the Ohio Highway Patrol.

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Edward J. Masterson
Captain – Marion PD
EOW: 7-4-1922

Captain Masterson died after falling on a sidewalk. Captain Masterson was participating in the advance team for a visit to the City of Marion by President Warren Harding. As Captain Masterson stepped out of a vehicle he slipped and struck his head on the concrete. He succumbed to his injuries the next day. Captain Masterson had been with the agency for 20 years.

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Jerome Hostetter
Captain – Marion PD
EOW: 8-19-1910

Patrolman Hostetter was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an armed robbery suspect. Patrolman Hostetter and another officer were searching a railroad yard for two suspects wanted in connection with the robbery. As Patrolman Hostetter ordered one of the men out of a railroad car the second suspect opened fire on him, mortally wounding him. Patrolman Hostetter succumbed to his wounds the following day. Both suspects fled the scene. A man was arrested and charged with his murder but was acquitted at trial. The case remains unsolved. Patrolman Hostetter had served with the Marion City Police Department for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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