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Sheriff Ed S. McMillan | Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Sheriff

Ed S. McMillan

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 3, 1895

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Location: Florida

Incident Date: 7/3/1895

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Ed McMillan was shot and killed as he and a posse searched for a notorious train robber nicknamed "Railroad Bill." In 1893, Railroad Bill had shot and wounded a deputy sheriff who confronted him about not paying taxes on his weapon. He then fled and spent the next two years illegally riding Alabama freighters, robbing trains, and engaging in gun fights with lawmen.

The subject shot and killed Deputy Sheriff James Stewart, of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office in Alabama, on April 6th, 1895.

In July of 1895, Sheriff McMillan received a tip that Railroad Bill was hiding out in Bluff Springs, Florida, and went with a posse to arrest him. As Sheriff McMillan walked along the railroad tracks, the suspect, who was hiding behind a tree, opened fire with a Winchester rifle. Sheriff McMillan was struck in the back and succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

After a long manhunt, Railroad Bill was tracked down to a store near Brewton and fatally shot by a local constable.

Sheriff McMillan was survived by his wife.

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Deputy Sheriff James R. Stewart
Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama
End of Watch: Saturday, April 6, 1895
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 117th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phylllis Loya
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