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Sheriff Willie M. Langston | Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff

Willie M. Langston

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, March 19, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched by mob

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Sheriff Langston was shot and killed by an escaped Georgia convict at a turpentine camp outside of Spring Hill. The sheriff had received information that the suspect was at a particular location. While Sheriff Langston searched a shed the suspect ambushed him and shot him in the side before escaping.

On June 6, 1909, a mob of men stormed the county jail and lynched the suspect.

Sheriff Langston was survived by his wife and two children.

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To give your life and career, Sheriff Langston for Leon County Florida and its people at the tender young age of twenty-four speaks volumes of your honor and humbleness never to be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
March 19, 2017

 

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