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Deputy Sheriff John S. Evans | Clinch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Clinch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

John S. Evans

Clinch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, November 18, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff John Evans was shot and killed as he and his wife investigated a strange noise outside of their home.

On Wednesday of that week, Deputy Evans had arrested a man who had illegally boarded a freight train to Fargo, Georgia. Deputy Evans had then placed the suspect in the town guard house, which was a short distance away from his home.

Late Friday night, the prisoner's companions came to the guard house, provided him with a firearm, and assisted him in breaking his cell door. Deputy Evans and his wife heard the noise, and, thinking that their hogs were escaping from their pen, went outside to check on the situation. As they approached the guard house, the prisoner opened fire on Deputy Evans, killing him instantly and badly burning his wife with the powder from the shot.

The prisoner and his companions fled the scene, and were tracked by a posse from Homersville until it was determined that they likely fled to Florida. It is unknown if they were ever captured.

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Rest in Peace, Deputy Evans. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
March 24, 2012

 

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