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Deputy Sheriff James M. Freeman | Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

James M. Freeman

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Executed

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Deputy Freeman was shot and killed during an escape from the county jail at Quincy.

At about 7:30 pm, Deputy Freeman was taking a prisoner to the jail when he was ambushed by another prisoner. The prisoner had gotten out of his cell when a trustee found the cell key. He attacked the deputy with a piece of facing taken from a window, hitting him twice over the head. After being struck, the deputy fired twice, missing his attacker and yelling at the same time, possible to attract attention. After a scuffle, the prisoner got his weapon and shot him twice. Other people arrived and one man was left with the deputy while others went to get the sheriff and weapons. The prisoner then appeared and ordered the lone man out of his way and made his escape. He was later caught, convicted, and executed by hanging.

Deputy Freeman was survived by his parents and three brothers.

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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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