Deputy Sheriff Robert Edward Arnow

Deputy Sheriff Robert Edward Arnow

Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, June 20, 1921

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Robert Edward Arnow

Deputy Sheriff Robert Arnow was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man for carrying a concealed weapon.

He and a local police chief were arresting the man who the deputy knew and thought he could talk into surrendering peacefully. The deputy asked the suspect if he had a weapon and he replied, "Yes, I will give it to you," and then proceeded to fire five shots at Deputy Arnow with a .32 caliber pistol hidden under his coat.

Deputy Arnow was hit four times, with one shot in the neck breaking his spinal column. Deputy Arnow fell against the police chief, who was able to return fire at the fleeing suspect. Deputy Arnow died June 20, 1921, in the Williams Sanitarium in Gainesville after undergoing surgery to locate the bullet.

Deputy Arnow was survived by his wife, three sons, and his mother.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 18, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Hung in 1922

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Deputy Sheriff Arnow,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alachua County.


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