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Sheriff Robert E. Gatlin | Walton County Sheriff's Office, Florida Walton County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff

Robert E. Gatlin

Walton County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, November 12, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/12/1942

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Released in 1945

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Sheriff Gatlin was shot and killed while executing a search warrant. Sheriff Gatlin and a Deputy went to an establishment with a search warrant to investigate reports of illegal shipments of whiskey. The storekeeper led the Sheriff and the Deputy to the back of the store, then attacked them. Sheriff Gatlin drew his weapon but the suspect was able to gain control of the weapon and shoot Sheriff Catlin and his deputy. The suspect was apprehended by a state trooper the next day after he found him hiding in an outhouse. The deputy recovered from his wounds.

The suspect was found guilty of Sheriff Gatlin's murder and sentenced to life. Upon appeal he was tried again, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years hard labor. The Florida Supreme Court overturned the second conviction and he was again found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years. On July 21, 1945, he was released from prison after his conviction was overturned a third time.

Sheriff had served with the Walton County Sheriff's Officer for two years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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

Officer 11169
February 16, 2012

 

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