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Sheriff James Virgil Griner | Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sheriff

James Virgil Griner

Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, August 30, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/26/1951

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Sheriff Griner and Jailer John Smith were shot and killed after they stopped a vehicle to search for whiskey. The suspect opened fire on both men, killing Jailer Smith and mortally wounding Sheriff Griner. The sheriff was transported to an Atlanta hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later.

After hiding in a south Georgia swamp for three weeks, the suspect surrendered to a Georgia state trooper. On April 23, 1952, he was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison April 3, 1959.

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Jailer John Harbard Smith
Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Sunday, August 26, 1951
Cause: Gunfire

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Uncle Virgil was one the most generous and kind men ever. His wife, Aunt Ruth, was not only generous but a woman of incredible wisdom and strength. Very proud of them both. And, I cherish memories of days past.

Campbell Patterson
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January 8, 2017

 

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