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Deputy Sheriff Bob Wallace | Colbert County Sheriff's Department, Alabama Colbert County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

Bob Wallace

Colbert County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Monday, April 7, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Wallace, the sheriff, and four other deputies were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect.

Sheriff Charles Gassaway and five Colbert County deputies were shot and killed when the sheriff attempted to arrest a suspect for obtaining goods under false pretenses. The suspect informed the sheriff that he would be ready to go in a moment but arrived at the door with a Winchester rifle. The suspect immediately shot Sheriff Gassaway, who was in the doorway, and the sheriff's brother, Deputy William Gassaway, who was standing a distance away.

The suspect then barricaded himself in the house as other deputies arrived at the scene. Firing from inside the house, the suspect shot and mortally wounded Deputy Bob Wallace, Deputy Pat Prout, Deputy James Payne, and Deputy Jesse Davis.

The suspect was eventually shot and killed after members of the the Alabama state militia, known as the Wheeler Rifles, shot over 1,000 rounds at the suspect. The suspect's body was then thrown into his burning house, that had been set on fire in an attempt to smoke him out.

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Sheriff Charles Gassaway
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End of Watch: Sunday, April 6, 1902
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Pat A. Prout
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Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff James Payne
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Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff William Gassaway
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End of Watch: Monday, April 7, 1902
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Davis
Colbert County Sheriff's Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Monday, April 7, 1902
Cause: Gunfire

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A just end to a filthy scum. Kudos to the Alabama State Militia in this case for not allowing this animal the chance to ever kill again.

Deputy Wallace, you are a true hero. God Bless you and may your rest be forever peaceful.

Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
April 6, 2016

 

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