Knox County, OH - Retired Knox County Sheriff David Barber was found dead at his home on Sunday, April 2nd.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, local media reported that the fire department was dispatched to his home a few minutes after noon on Sunday. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and his death appears to be a suicide.
A suicide note was found at the scene.
Sheriff Barber, age 63, served 20 years as Sheriff of Knox County until he retired at the end of his term in 2013. He had been a deputy and a detective with the agency for years before he won his first term as Sheriff in 1992.
Former Captain Richard Brenneman, who served under Sheriff Barber, said, "He was a great boss. He put the citizens ahead of politics. He did things right. This is a sad time for the county.”
In 2010, a brutal homicide investigation threw Sheriff Barber into the national spotlight. Two women and an 11-year-old boy were murdered and their bodies dismembered and hidden in a tree.
Thanks to the efforts of Sheriff Barber's office, Matthew Hoffman is now serving a life sentence for the horrific murders.
Sheriff Barber devoted a lot of his attention to running the jail. In 2002, he took great pride in opening a new $7 million, 100 bed facility.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Knox County Sheriff David Barber, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.