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Deputy Sheriff Elmo Richland Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Elmo "Slim" Ferguson

Richland Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 21, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Elmo Ferguson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest four bank robbery suspects. The suspects had robbed a bank in Baskin, Louisiana. Deputy Ferguson was riding in a posse searching for the suspects. Deputy Ferguson was shot and killed and five posse members were shot and wounded when the posse encountered the suspects in Madison Parish.

The suspects, three men and a woman, were able to escape after kidnapping a couple and stealing their automobile. They fled into Arkansas where the woman and two men were arrested near Murfreesboro. The fourth suspect was apprehended two weeks later in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The three men were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. They were also convicted of robbing the Baskin bank and other bank robberies in Louisiana and were among the first prisoners incarcerated at the new Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1934. One died at the federal penitentiary in Springfield, Missouri, in 1939 and another one died in Angola State Prison on April 28, 1946.

Deputy Ferguson was survived by his wife.

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