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Deputy Sheriff John Flemon Lindsey | Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

John Flemon Lindsey

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, October 5, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 15 years

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Deputy Sheriff Lindsey was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect for a domestic incident. Deputy Lindsey approached the suspect from the front and began patting him down. The suspect pulled a .38-caliber revolver and killed Deputy Lindsey.

The suspect was captured two days later in Brevard, North Carolina. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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I honor today Deputy John Lindsey. It was one-hundred years ago today he responded to the pleas of a wife and three small children. The husband that had abused his wife, arrived from out of state and banged on the door at 4:00 a.m. for entrance to carry out his threats to kill her. His last letter to her was delivered Special Delivery and enclosed was only the names of the children. As he used an axe to the front door the ten year old son left through the back door to ask his friend and neighbor Deputy Lindsey to please come. Deputy Lindsey gave his life to save that young mother and her three children. The youngest child was eighteen months old. Twenty years later she would become my Mother.
I never heard my Mother or Grandmother mention the evil husband. However, I did hear many times the name of Deputy Lindsey and about his sacrifice to save them.
Grandmother remained a neighbor and friend to the widow of Deputy Lindsey. I heard her mention the five children of Deputy Lindsey in her prayers.

The descendants of Deputy Lindsey should be proud of the Hero in their family. My prayers are with you on this day as you reflect on the memory of a great man.

Weldon Gosnell 10/5/2014
October 5, 2014


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