Sheriff George Washington Epperson

Sheriff George Washington Epperson

Bradford County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, December 25, 1885

George Washington Epperson

Sheriff Epperson was shot and killed near Valdosta, Georgia, while attempting to arrest a man wanted for a murder in Bradford County. The suspect also shot and wounded a Valdosta police officer who was accompanying Sheriff Epperson. The suspect was captured six days later in Camilla, Georgia.

The suspect was convicted of Sheriff Epperson's murder and hanged on July 16, 1886.

Sheriff Epperson's son, Henry Epperson, was shot and killed in the line of duty on January 20, 1890, while serving as sheriff of Bradford County.

Sheriff Epperson was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters. He was elected Sheriff the previous year and took office in 1885, the year he was killed.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Georgia
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1886

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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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