Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell

Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell

Holmes County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, November 26, 1872

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Daniel Jackson Brownell

Sheriff Daniel Brownell was shot and killed after responding to a report of a disturbance at the county jail.

Sheriff Brownell was at home with his family when he was informed that there was a disturbance at the jail. Sheriff Brownell mounted his horse and rode a few miles into town. When he arrived, he encountered a man creating a disturbance in front of the jail. The suspect then shot and killed Sheriff Brownell. Before he fell, Sheriff Brownell was able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Sheriff Brownell had served with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and had previously served with the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 27, 2016

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