Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller

Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller

Franklin Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 14, 1953

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John L. Waller

Deputy Waller was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.

Deputy Waller, along with an agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, arrived at the 23-year-old suspect's home to find him brandishing a shotgun on his front porch. As the officers stepped out of their car the suspect shot Deputy Waller in the neck killing him instantly. The agent managed to wrestle the gun from the suspect and take him into custody.

Fourteen days later the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Three years later he received a new trial and was again sentenced to death. He was executed in the electric chair on August 16, 1957.

Deputy Waller was survived by his wife.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Executed in 1957

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Deputy Sheriff Waller,
On today, the 65th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Franklin Parish. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 14, 2018

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