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Sheriff Charles Griffin Middleton | Jackson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Jackson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff

Charles Griffin Middleton

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, July 2, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Paroled in 1978

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Sheriff Middleton died from a gunshot wound. Sheriff Middleton along with several other law enforcement officers were trying to locate a suspect in the Canada community for assaulting a woman. He had eluded arrest by hiding out in the heavily wooded area in the Canada community. Several of the suspect's friends that were with him in the woods were arrested and gave information about threatening statements he made about Sheriff Middleton. After receiving information about a more precise location, Sheriff Middleton, and a patrolman were walking a trail in the woods when Sheriff Middleton was gunned down by a shotgun blast that struck him in the chest and neck. The patrolman only saw two figures run into the woods. A manhunt ensued with help from multiple law enforcement agencies. The suspect was captured the next day near Tennessee Gap.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on October 26, 1953. He was paroled on January 12, 1978. He died December 16, 1994.

Five days after the shooting the Jackson County Board of Commissioners appointed Sheriff Middleton's wife to serve out the remaining 17 months of his term. On October 1, 1948, Sheriff Middleton shot and killed a prison escapee who was responsible for the death of Iredell County Sheriff Godfrey C. Kimball on August 17, 1934.

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I was a young 13 year old child when Sheriff Griffin Middleton was shot and killed by Demos Wood in the "Canada Section" of Jackson County, North Carolina. The North Carolina Highway Patrolman with Sheriff Midleton that fateful day was John Sides, a neighbor of our family. Sheriff Middelton left behind his beautiful wife Selma, three daughters and a son. I attended every day of the murder trial and remember the jury delivering their verdict early in the evening hours on a hot summer's day, 64 years ago. Griffin Middleton was a good man, loved and respected. A fading memory for me.

Benny Bradsher
Family friend
August 10, 2017

 

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