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Sheriff William O. Gwyn | Pike County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Pike County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff

William O. Gwyn

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, April 2, 1896

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/2/1896

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: One executed

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Sheriff Gwyn was shot and killed as he and several of his deputies attempted to arrest three men for cattle stealing. The suspects, a father, his son, and another man opened fire as the deputies surrounded their house. Sheriff Gwyn was killed and several of his deputies were wounded. All three suspects were captured.

The father and his son were convicted of first degree murder. The son was hanged June 18, 1897. His father was sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison of a heart attack November 18, 1904. The other suspect was tried and acquitted.

Sheriff Gwyn had been with the agency for ten years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Gwyn. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 1, 2012

 

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