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Sheriff D. A. Crawford | Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff

D. A. Crawford

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, February 7, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/5/1903

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Lynched

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Sheriff D.A. Crawford was shot and mortally wounded by a man he was attempting to arrest at a country store near Wrightsville.

The suspect, who was apprehended a short time later, said when he saw Sheriff Crawford walking towards him he pulled his pistol and shot him because he thought he was a man who had beaten him severely several weeks earlier. When Sheriff Crawford died two days later, a mob of several hundred men broke into the Johnson County Jail, seized the suspect, hanged him, and then shot him more than 500 times.

Sheriff Crawford had been the Johnson County Sheriff for only one month.

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Crawford. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 1, 2012

 

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