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Police Chief Emmett C. Bright | New Hope Police Department, Alabama New Hope Police Department, Alabama

Police Chief

Emmett C. Bright

New Hope Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, November 7, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to 15 years

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Police Chief Emmett Bright was shot and killed as he and another officer were attempting to arrest a man on drunk and disorderly charges.

As the officers were trying to wrestle the man into a patrol car, two men approached with a shotgun, demanding that the officers turn their friend loose, and then shot Chief Bright three times. Both men were apprehended a few hours later.

Both suspects were convicted of second degree murder on February 28, 1958. The suspect who shot Chief Bright was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His accomplice was sentenced to 13 years.

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Thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Chief Christopher Dillard
Owens Cross Roads Police Department
March 9, 2013


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