Sheriff Willie M. Langston

Sheriff Willie M. Langston

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, March 19, 1909

Willie M. Langston

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.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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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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