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Sheriff Charles Dennis Clark | Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Florida Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff

Charles Dennis Clark

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, April 21, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide in prison

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Sheriff Charles Clark was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack by a man who held a grudge against the sheriff. The man had previously been arrested on a charge involving marital relations.

The suspect pulled out a revolver and shot the unarmed sheriff in the back several times as the sheriff walked past him on a street in Blountstown. The man was arrested after the shooting.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On October 11, 1932, when officers went to his cell to take him to his execution he slashed his throat with a pocket knife.

Sheriff Clark had served as sheriff for 14 years. He was survived by his wife.

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

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

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 27, 2016

 

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