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Sheriff Thomas Wiley Camp | Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff

Thomas Wiley Camp

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, April 3, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: executed in 1931

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Sheriff Thomas Camp was shot and killed by a prisoner in the Campbell County Courthouse while awaiting transfer to the county jail.

The prisoner suddenly tried to run for the door but was grabbed by Sheriff Camp. A struggle ensued in which the prisoner gained control of Sheriff Camp's service revolver and then fatally shot him. The man fled into a nearby swamp where he was surrounded by a posse of citizens and captured a few hours later.

It was later discovered that the suspect had recently escaped from a Morgan County, Georgia, chain gang where he was serving a 20 year sentence for murder. He was convicted of Sheriff Camp's murder, sentenced to death, and executed in the electric chair on May 18, 1931.

Campbell County was annexed by Fulton County at the end of 1931.

Sheriff Camp was survived by his wife. Sheriff Camp's wife was appointed to serve the rest of his term as sheriff.

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Thomas (Tom) Camp was my maternal grandfather. When my grandmother, Lula Duggan Camp, became Sheriff, she was the first woman sheriff in the State of Georgia. She served a very brief time, only until an election could be held for a new Sheriff. She chose not to run for the position. Both are buried in the City if Fairburn, GA, cemetery. The Old Campbell County Historical Society placed a plaque on my grandmother's grave stating that she was the first woman sheriff in Georgia.

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Granddaughter of Sheriff Camp
January 29, 2016

 

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