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Sheriff Herman Barnickol | St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Sheriff

Herman Barnickol

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, January 27, 1900

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/13/1900

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Herman Barnickol was shot and mortally wounded during an escape attempt at the St. Clair County Jail.

As nine prisoners overpowered the jailor, one of them took his revolver and shot Sheriff Barnickol through his arm as he intervened. Sheriff Barnickol returned fire killing the suspect.

Two weeks later due to complications from infection, Sheriff Barnickol's left arm had to be amputated just below his shoulder. He died five hours later.

Sheriff Barnickol's wife and his aged mother played a heroic part in preventing the other eight prisoners from escaping. On April 21, 1900, six of the prisoners were found guilty of Sheriff Barnickol's murder. One was sentenced to 18 years in prison. The other five were sentenced to 14 years each.

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

Officer 11169
January 29, 2013

 

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