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Deputy Sheriff R. Benton Woods | Emanuel County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Emanuel County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

R. Benton Woods

Emanuel County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 13, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Lynched

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Deputy Sheriff Benton Woods was shot and killed in Swainsboro by a man in the custody of the city marshal.

The marshal and his prisoner were on the way to the jail when the prisoner suddenly produced a pistol and shot Deputy Woods as he approached them. A gunfight followed in which the suspect was shot three times and another man was kllled. The next day a mob of more than 100 armed men broke into the jail, seized the suspect, hanged him from the nearest tree, and riddled his body with bullets.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 13, 2015


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