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Sheriff Albert Woodard McCorkle | Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Indiana


Albert Woodard McCorkle

Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, October 10, 1880

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/9/1880

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Surrendered

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Sheriff Albert McCorkle died the day after being shot by a teenager that he had just escorted from a saloon.

The teenager was involved in a fight in the saloon and Sheriff McCorkle escorted the boy out and told him to go home. Before the teenager was able to leave, the two were overtaken by a drunken mob. The teenager, fearing for his life, drew his pistol and fired, but struck Sheriff McCorkle who died the following day. The suspect was able to elude capture despite a $1,000 reward until he surrendered himself in October 1883.

Sheriff McCorkle had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for four years.

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Sheriff McCorkle was my great great Uncle. His brother was also a sheriff in Linden Indiana.

Mr. Montgomery I would be happy to speak you if you are still interested in speaking with a family member. Would appreciate any background information you may have concerning Sheriff McCorkle

Great great nephew
October 14, 2015


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