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Sheriff Lamar W. Sledge | Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida

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Lamar W. Sledge

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 14, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/31/1934

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Sheriff Sledge and Deputy Herman Arndt were both shot during a shoot-out in Madison County at a roadside restaurant. Deputy Arndt died the next day and Sheriff Sledge passed away two weeks later.

The owner of the restaurant was charged with their murders. After two mistrials, the suspect's third trial resulted in a manslaughter conviction. On October 24, 1935, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Sheriff Sledge and Deputy Arndt were brother-in-laws.

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Deputy Sheriff Herman G. "Hampsy" Arndt
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 30, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 27, 2016

 

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