Sheriff Herman Barnickol

Sheriff Herman Barnickol

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, January 27, 1900

Herman Barnickol

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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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 13, 1900
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sheriff Barnickol's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 12-11-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

December 11, 2017

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