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Sheriff George Brooker | Mason County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Mason County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Sheriff

George Brooker

Mason County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, December 13, 1894

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/10/1894

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Sheriff George Brooker succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man who had made threats.

The man was living in a floating cabin on Quiver Lake and had threatened the life of a farmer who owned the adjacent land. Fearing for his life, the farmer swore out a warrant for the man.

As Sheriff Brooker attempted to serve the warrant the man ordered him to stay away from the cabin. Sheriff Brooker tried to calm the man down as he advanced, but as he stepped onto the plank connecting the cabin to the shore the man fired two blasts from his double-barreled shotgun. Both blasts struck Sheriff Brooker in the abdomen, causing a fatal wound.

Sheriff Brooker's younger brother A.A. Brooker, who served as a deputy, arrested the subject and charged him with Sheriff Brooker's murder.

Sheriff Brooker had served as sheriff for four years, from 1886-1890, and had just started the first year of his second term. He had previously served as the city marshal of Mason City and of Havana. He was survived by his wife and two grown children.

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Sheriff Brooker's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-12-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
March 12, 2017

 

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