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Chief of Police Henry J. Searcy | Leighton Police Department, Alabama Leighton Police Department, Alabama

Chief of Police

Henry J. Searcy

Leighton Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Saturday, May 11, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .44 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Chief Searcy was shot and killed from ambush at approximately 0500 hours. He had taken off his gun belt to adjust some equipment on it when a suspect opened fire on him with a .44 caliber rifle. Chief Searcy was struck ten times and killed almost instantly.

The suspect, who had earlier been charged by Chief Searcy for killing an animal without cause, turned himself in approximately 30 minutes later. He was charged with Chief Searcy's murder.

Chief Searcy was a WWII veteran and had served as chief of the 2-person Leighton Police Department for 2.5 years. He had previously served with the Colbert County Sheriff's Department for 7.5 years. He was survived by his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 11, 2015


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