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Sheriff Martin Crawford Stegall | Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff

Martin Crawford Stegall

Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, October 29, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched

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Sheriff Martin Stegall was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to arrest for the murder of a woman on Broad Street in Bainbridge.

Sheriff Stegall, who was nearby when the shooting occurred, approached the suspect to make the arrest, when without warning the suspect turned and shot him through the chest. As Sheriff Stegall fell he shot the suspect through his shoulder. The suspect was captured minutes later.

Later that night a mob of more than 300 men stormed the county jail, seized the suspect, and hanged him from the Flint River Bridge.

Sheriff Stegall was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried in Oak City Cemetery in Bainbridge, Georgia.

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Thank you for your unselfish service to your county and people. You must have been loved.

Petty officer 3rd Adam Reed
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October 29, 2017

 

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