Sheriff Alexander Compton

Sheriff Alexander Compton

Wabash County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, December 20, 1906

Alexander Compton

Sheriff Alexander Compton was shot and killed by an 17-year-old youth after he arrested his father.

Sheriff Compton had arrested the suspect's father on a breach of peace warrant taken out by his ex-wife, the suspect's mother. As he was escorting his father to jail the suspect came up behind him and shot him in the head.

The suspect and his father were arrested later that night and charged with Sheriff Compton's murder. Both were convicted of murder and sentenced to life.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thinking about you on the 110th anniversary of your death. Many thanks for your services to our country.

John Haseltine - Civilian

December 20, 2016

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