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Sheriff Benjamin Cleveland Keith | Murray County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Murray County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff

Benjamin Cleveland Keith

Murray County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, July 28, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/23/1907

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to Life

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Sheriff Benjamin Keith was fatally wounded as he confronted a fugitive who was wanted for murdering a boy in neighboring Fannin County.

When Sheriff Keith ordered the fugitive to halt and surrender himself, the fugitive opened fire, striking Sheriff Keith in the abdomen.

In spite of his injury, Sheriff Keith was able to complete the arrest and escort the shooter to Spring Place jail. Shortly afterwards, his condition worsened, and he succumbed to his wounds five days later.

Sheriff Keith's killer was convicted of murder in at least two separate trials and was sentenced to death. However, shortly before the date he was scheduled to be hanged, the governor commuted his sentence to life in prison.

Sheriff Keith was survived by his parents, siblings, wife, and three children.

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Your family will never forget you, cousin. ~Rest In Peace~

Keith
1st Cousin
January 21, 2014

 

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