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Sheriff Alexander Compton | Wabash County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Wabash County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Sheriff

Alexander Compton

Wabash County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, December 20, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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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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