Deputy Marshal Matthew Barnhill

Deputy Marshal Matthew Barnhill

Jesup Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 25, 1889

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Matthew Barnhill

Deputy Marshal Matthew Barnhill and a man who was assisting him were shot and killed by a drunk man who was terrorizing citizens with a rifle. The suspect opened fire as several of his friends interfered with his arrest.

The incident resulted in what became known as the Jesup Christmas Day Riot. In an attempt to find the suspect, a mob of Jesup citizens along with men from neighboring towns shot and killed several people. The suspect was shot and killed in Florida several months later.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Marshal Barnhill,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jesup.


United States Border Patrol

December 25, 2019

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