Deputy Sheriff Robert A. Grubbs | Dearborn County Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Sheriff Robert A. Grubbs
Deputy Sheriff Robert A. Grubbs

Age: 32
Served: 6 months
December 1942 to June 2, 1943


On June 2, 1943, Russell Scarborough (40) and his wife, Mabel Scarborough (35), were involved in a domestic dispute over money at their farm on Rural Route 3 near Harrison, Indiana. Scarborough had a .32 caliber revolver. William Ray Siler (33), a boarder at a Cincinnati rooming house that Scarborough also owned, interceded with a shotgun. Scarborough took two shots at Siler and Siler unloaded buckshot into Scarborough’s cheek, left arm, chest, and hand. Scarborough was taken to Christ Hospital and Siler fled.

Sheriff Arthur Voit and Deputy Grubbs went to the Scarborough farm later to see if they could locate Siler. When Deputy Grubbs reached into the back seat to retrieve a twelve-gauge shotgun, it discharged striking him in the right chest.

Sheriff Voit rushed him to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, but he died just before arrival.

Deputy Grubbs was predeceased by his first wife, Bonnie Grubbs, and survived by his second wife, Ellen Grubbs; two children, Alice Jean Grubbs and Sidney Allen Grubbs; and a twin brother, Russell Grubbs – who was serving at the time in the United States Army (WWII). Deputy Grubbs was buried in Gibson Cemetery in Bright on June 6, 1943.

Sheriff Voit filed a charge of Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony against Siler for the Scarborough incident. He was arrested on the night of June 3, 1943 by Cincinnati Lieutenant John Oman and Detectives William Rathman, Harry Wilke, and Benjamin Schaefer. Siler admitted to the officers that he had shot Scarborough and he was taken to the Dearborn County Jail. Scarborough refused to assist in the investigation of the incident resulting in the original shooting.

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This narrative was revised on June 6, 2013 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President, with much of the information provided by Chris McHenry of Lawrenceburg and SORTA Operations Superintendent Philip Lind (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Registrar. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.