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Sheriff Garry Marshal Welford | George County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi George County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

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Garry Marshal Welford

George County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 37 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Garry Welford was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle being pursued by deputies.

At approximately 2:45 pm deputies from the George County Sheriff's Office were pursuing a pick-up truck that had failed to stop for them. A passenger in the vehicle was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear for sentencing on a narcotics charge.

Sheriff Welford was struck by the vehicle on Bexley Road South. He was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The passenger and his 18 year-old girlfriend, who was the driver, were taken into custody the next day and charged in connection with the death of Sheriff Welford. Both were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole on September 10, 2012.

Sheriff Welford was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served as the sheriff of George County for seven years. Prior to being elected he had served for 30 years with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

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Sheriff Welford your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to George County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD
July 21, 2016

 

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