Sheriff Charles James Sorrells

Sheriff Charles James Sorrells

Walton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, May 28, 1962

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Charles James Sorrells

Sheriff C. J. Doc Sorrells was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for domestic disturbance.

The suspect shot Sheriff Sorrells after claiming he was going to give himself up. Sheriff Sorrells was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries three hours later. Sheriff Deputy Haralson was also shot but recovered from his wounds. Sheriff Sorrells' son was appointed interim Sheriff.

On August 30, 1962, the suspect, 35, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on August 31, 1971.

Sheriff Sorrells had served with the Walton County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1971

domestic, warrant

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Sheriff Sorrells,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Walton County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 28, 2022

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