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Deputy Sheriff Andrew  Thomas Dutton | Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

Andrew Thomas Dutton

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, June 13, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1947

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Deputy Sheriff Andrew Dutton was shot and killed at a congregation-packed church near Moulton. Shot five times, Deputy Dutton managed to shoot and critically wound his assailant. Six parishioners were hit with gunfire. One died from her wounds a week later. Deputy Dutton's 18 year-old daughter witnessed the entire incident.

Deputy Dutton went to the church to investigate a reported disturbance. The Lawrence County Sheriff said Deputy Dutton was lured to the church in a plot to take his life because of his many raids on liquor stills throughout Lawrence County. The gunman and an accomplice were charged with his murder.

The gunman was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison. He was paroled May 2, 1947.

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Deputy Sheriff Dutton,
On today, the 79th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lawrence County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
June 13, 2016


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