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Sheriff Jack L. Gillespie | Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia


Jack L. Gillespie

Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, March 22, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 3/20/1940

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to 7 years

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Sheriff Gillespie succumbed to a stab wound sustained two days earlier while attempting to break up a fight at the Dahlonega Public Square. A large crowd had gathered to await the day's election results. Two men began to fight and Sheriff Gillespie immediately intervened. One of the men stabbed him in the side.

Despite being mortally wounded, Sheriff Gillespie took the man into custody. The sheriff was taken to Downey Hospital where he died two days later.

The suspect was convicted of Sheriff Gillespie's murder and sentenced to only 5 to 7 years.

Sheriff Gillespie had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Gillespie. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 1, 2012


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