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Sergeant Oliver S. Gunnels | Greenville Police Department, South Carolina Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

Sergeant

Oliver S. Gunnels

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, February 17, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Lynched by mob

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Sergeant Oliver Gunnels was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious man the railroad station at Augusta and Vardry Streets.

he suspect was seen entering a bathroom. When Sergeant Gunnels shined his flashlight in the bathroom the suspect opened fire with a .22 caliber pistol, fatally wounding him. The man fled but was later caught after murdering a railroad conductor in Augusta, Georgia. The man was taken from the Augusta Jail and lynched by an angry mob.

Sergeant Gunnels had been with the agency for 26 years.

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