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Special Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Lawrence Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Special Deputy Sheriff

Benjamin Lawrence "Lon" O'Bryant

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, October 6, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 1 year

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Special Deputy Sheriff Lon O'Bryant was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunshots near his home in Piedmont.

Moments after he heard the shots he encountered a buggy on the roadway near his home. He ordered the buggy to stop and for the occupants to put their hands up. The occupants, who had not heard the gunshots and were not familiar with Special Deputy O'Bryant, believed they were being robbed and one of them opened fire. Special Deputy O'Bryant was struck by the shot and fatally wounded.

The subject who shot him was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to once year in prison.

Special Deputy O'Bryant was survived by his wife, daughter, and sister.

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Deputy Sheriff O'Bryant,
On today, the 99th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Calhoun County.


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October 6, 2017


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